A Straightforward Guide to Entry Level Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Published
Sep 14, 2020

Sep 14, 2020 • by Rebecca Smith

Finding a new job is a lot like going to the dentist: it's time-consuming and sometimes painful, but is good for you in the long run. This then gets further exacerbated by the increased requirements jobs require you to have thanks to economical shifts over time. 

That said, there is a way to help circumvent part of this headache and get yourself a tidy job that pays an average of $66,784 a year. But how do you do it?

Well, we're glad you asked. It's time to give you this guide to entry-level pharmaceutical sales jobs! 

But enough preamble, right? Let's get started!

Why Pharmaceutical Sales?

Besides the solid annual salary we mentioned earlier, another reason to hop on board the pharmaceutical sales train is that the industry is in a constant state of growth. It's projected that the net worth of the pharmaceutical industry will be $1.57 trillion by 2023 and it shows no signs of stopping there. 

Pharmaceutical sales jobs also come with health benefits and reward loyalty, since your "worth" in the field will go up the more field hours you've clocked. Plus, you could even get a company car (though Psych fans shouldn't hold their breath on getting the Blueberry).

What Entry-level Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs Do

As a pharmaceutical salesperson, your job will involve going around to different doctors (or others licensed to prescribe medication)and try to sell them on the drugs your company makes. You will need to educate them on the basic ins and outs of the drug as well as new trends in the pharmaceutical industry they should hop on board with.

In addition to this, pharmaceutical salespeople are often in and out of tons of business meetings and lectures. You may also have to conduct research for your employer out in the field with tools like mass polls. 

Qualifications and Tips to Buff Your Resume

Of course, with all these benefits comes an industry known for its competitiveness. So how do you stand out from the rest?

First, make sure you meet the basic requirements. A bachelor's degree is standard, though those with strong sales experience but no degree can also qualify.

If you have no sales experience, a degree in or experience with healthcare (especially about pharmaceutical drugs and their interactions with the body) will net you the edge. That said, two years of sales experience is a "big-ticket" item that employers will look for. Unlike pharmacy technicians and the PTCB, you will not have to take a test to qualify for the job.

No gaps in your employment history, no criminal background, and strong keyword usage are great ways to make your resume appear more impressive to potential employers. Also, networking as much as you can with people in the industry or attending independent training on pharmaceutical sales is a great way to get your foot through the door. 

A Bright Future Awaits

And there you have it! With this guide to entry-level pharmaceutical sales jobs, you're ready to get out there and nab the career of your dreams! If you want to know more about different career fields and whether they could be a good fit for you, check out the other articles on our page!