Early in my employment history, I temped in the clerical/reception areas at a couple of hospitals. I quickly became familiar with the Drug Reps – immaculately dressed, usually young people who really wanted to hobnob with our physicians and were willing to give you free pens if you’d help them get in touch.
I’ve wondered, since then, about what the drug rep career entails, exactly. I know its essentially a sales position, but the reps I saw seemed to be generally even better groomed and more charismatic than other sales folk I’ve known. (Although I don’t know tons.)
Are there any good accounts of “my life as a drug rep,” or “the complete idiot’s guide to becoming a drug rep,” or shocking exposes of drug rep madness? What’s the burnout rate? What’s the salary like? Job perqs? Stresses?
(Note: drug reps aren’t (I gather) very popular, and it may in fact be a subnoble profession, but I’m not fishing for nasty putdowns.)
(Also note: I have absolutely no ambition to become a drug rep, however tantalizing the salary may be.)