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4 reasons you should become a medical device consultant

Posted on: 07 May

A medical device ranges from anything as simple as a tongue depressor, up to complex MRI machines and heart valve implants. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified over 2 million different medical devices , which fall into an impressive 7,000 generic devices groups.

With it being such a broad industry, there’s the chance to map out the career that you want. Further down the line, you can narrow your focus to one medical device group and become a specialist. Whichever way you choose to steer, you’ll build a career that you can be proud of in the medical device market.

Here are four reasons you should become a medical device consultant.

You'll develop relationships with healthcare professionals

Medical device consultants are known for various reasons: their up-to-date knowledge of regulations, their understanding of meeting compliance requirements and their ability to overcome obstacles in the approval process. These are just a few of the factors that make the consultants so valuable to medical device companies. But to truly add value, medical device consultants need to be experts in building and maintaining relationships. They are the main point of contact for surgeons, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff, and these healthcare professionals (HCPs) rely on them for key information related to the medical device.

You’ll be instrumental in improving patient care

It’s a medical device consultant’s job to educate doctors, nurses, and patients about the benefits of a particular device. You become the expert on medical device technology and how it is applied during patient procedures. This means that medical device consultants are instrumental in getting critical medical devices to patients around the globe.

2020 saw a huge number of innovative medical devices hit the market, including wearable devices, stent systems and a foldable iris prosthesis. Seeing patients benefit from a medical device is often one of the most rewarding parts of the job - no matter whether the device is helping to save lives, or helping HCPs do their job safely. This opportunity to make a difference is just one reason why you should work in medical sales .

You get to travel around the world

Though Covid-19 put travel on pause – leaving the medical device market with some new obstacles to navigate - a Covid-19 vaccine was a sign of recovery for the medical sales industry . Travel can be a large part of a medical device consultant’s job, where they get the chance to represent clients at local, regional and national fairs and exhibitions. You will get to meet people from various background, all with one common interest – the passion to help improves patients’ lives.

It’s a growing job market

The global medical device market was last valued at $425.5 billion , and industry experts estimate that it will hit $612 billion by 2025. Medical devices are already heavily regulated, and as the market grows, it will only continue to move in this direction. In fact, increasing regulations is one of the top trends expected to rise in the medical sales industry .

This growth is great news for medical device consultants because as more jobs are created, they have more choice when deciding where to work. Not only that, quality assurance and regulation are shifting front and centre for many businesses. So a career in the medical device market could equip you with a whole host of transferrable skills.

Join IQVIA on its mission to transform healthcare

At IQVIA, we’re united in our mission to make a positive impact on human health. But for us to continue doing so, we need more brave minds to join our team. We believe that it takes insight, curiosity, and intellectual courage to drive healthcare forward. If this sounds like you, then IQVIA wants to hear from you. Browse our current medical device jobs or explore our other jobs in medical sales.