The reason behind this trend is that pharmaceutical sales offers extraordinary salary potential, which may go as high as six-figures annually. Other amazing perks are special bonuses, a company car, flexible work hours, as well as unlimited opportunities for career growth.
Needless to say, many people who already have a career in sales are slowly but surely transitioning into pharmaceutical sales. If you’re one of those people who are ready to take your sales career to the next level, there are a variety ways to do just that.
For starters, educating yourself about the pharmaceutical industry is an important first step. CNPR’s are educated about various pharmaceutical drugs, regulations, and companies (especially the biggest and most successful ones). It’s also important to keep yourself updated on industry trends.
When pharmaceutical companies look at applicants who have no experience as a pharmaceutical sales rep they look for a combination of sales ability/experience and medical/pharmacology education. It is important to include both types of skills on your resume. The CNPR Certification program was designed to provide aspiring pharmaceutical sales vocational skills that pharmaceutical employers seek. The program provides training in clinical pharmacology, pharmaceutical selling rules, regulations, drug distribution channels, therapeutic drug classes, pharmacokinetics, etc. A pharmaceutical sales rep cannot successfully sell to physicians without having strong pharmacology/
For more information regarding breaking into pharmaceutical sales, please contact the National Association of Pharmaceutical Representatives (NAPRx) directly at 800-284-1060.