For most college recent graduates, money isn’t everything – but it’s an important thing! And from that perspective, healthcare sales is an awesome business to be in.
According to a 2016 medical sales study by MedReps.com, the average medical sales representative salary is more than $145,000 with a base salary of $88,038.
That’s serious coin!
Not bad for one of your first jobs out of college.
But money isn’t everything and there are other benefits of Healthcare Sales jobs.
Making a difference
Most of us want freedom and fulfillment on top of the ability to make a good living.
Ask people who have been working for a while if they’ve been able to find freedom and fulfillment – seriously, ask!
You don’t have to, you know the answer.
In another MedReps study, sales professionals cited “making a difference” as one of the top reasons why they enjoy working in healthcare sales.
Healthcare Sales Representatives provide life-saving medicine, devices, test and software to medical professionals and patients who need help.
During my career, I’ve helped countless patients receive the care they need by getting doctors and nurses the products they need.
And sometimes, I’m the only person who can help when a they’re in a bind.
That’s exactly what happened right before Christmas a few years ago.
It was 2 days before Christmas and I was wrapping up my last overnight business trip of the year. I was ready to get a good night’s sleep (I took an Ambien to make sure of it!) and get my holiday plans started. But before my head hit the pillow, I received a frantic call from a customer.
She forgot to order chemotherapy drugs for a patient who would be coming in for treatment on Christmas Eve. Tomorrow!
To make it worse, the practice would be closed on Christmas and the following two days. Going without a life-saving chemo treatment that long wasn’t an option.
I immediately climbed out of bed and got to work. I called my company’s Chief Operating Officer in Alabama. He drove to the warehouse to gather up the chemotherapy the patient needed. The COO handed those drugs off to my counterpart who couriered them from Dothan, AL, to Memphis, TN. I drove more than seven hours to meet him in Memphis and continued on another four hours to Fort Smith, AR.
10:00am on Christmas eve morning, I walked into the clinic and handed my customer the drugs she needed – just in time for the patient’s treatment.
It was a brutal night for me! But I felt great knowing that a deathly ill patient would be getting a life-saving cancer treatment because of my effort.
A sales gig doesn’t get more fulfilling than that!
Freedom without the risk
It’s tough to find a job that gives you freedom and flexibility, but doesn’t require you to take on a big risk.
If you land a job in Healthcare Sales, you won’t work the traditional 9-to-5.
You’ll work hard! You’ll put in long hours! But often, those hours will be on your terms. You’ll have the freedom to work from coffee shops, hotels, or even your car.
Of course – you might find yourself driving through the night, across multiple states, so your customers can treat their patients. But that beats sitting in a cubicle staring at a blank wall for 40 or 50 hours a week!
Healthcare is a secure industry with expenditures making up 18% of Gross Domestic Product. Although it’s always changing, the healthcare industry isn’t going away. If you hit your numbers and work hard, you’ll always be able to find a job in healthcare sales.
Money, freedom, and fulfillment are just a few benefits of healthcare sales.
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