From time to time, I meet people working in the healthcare field and end up talking about possible careers in medical sales since they often find out that I spend many years working for pharmaceutical companies. Recently, one such individual was a nurse I met at a public speaking meeting. Like others I met in her field, she was considering a career change and asked me whether her age would be a negative factor in getting hired for medical representative sales jobs. She was probably in her late thirties or early forties. She must have noticed that many of the medical representatives she sometimes see at her hospital are younger looking. I told her that people in all adult age groups can start new careers in medical sales.
Although it is true that many medical companies seem to like hiring young people for their sales forces, many firms also prefer more mature individuals. Some companies will hire people with a variety of ages to fill new medical representative sales positions in order to get a good mix. Some don't even factor in ages as they focus solely on the sales potential of the individual.
So there is a lot of variance out there among hiring preferences of companies. The fact is that no matter what age you are, there is a company in the medical pharmaceutical industry who will be interested in you if you have excellent communications skills with the right aptitude for the sales world. As long as you are also trainable, companies will be willing to provide you with all the medical knowledge and selling skills required for the job. My cousin started her new medical representative sales job when she was already in her forties. Another former medical clinic assistant in her fifties also got hired.
I've worked for pharmaceutical companies with very wide age ranges in their sales forces. Some medical representatives were just out of college and university while others were near retirement age. Although I haven't worked for one, I do know that many companies prefer to hire new graduates so they could train them from the very beginning of their medical selling careers. I've also worked for a specialty pharmaceutical company which preferred older and more mature representatives but several years down the road, they started to hire younger reps new to the industry just to get some new blood in its sales force. So hiring preferences can always change.
For the job seeker who wants to get a medical representative sales job, it's a matter of finding out which companies seem to hire people in your own age range. Of course, if your skills are above average, you might as well try to contact other companies as well since they may make exceptions to their usual hiring style if you really impress them.
If you are looking for a great career then nurse practitioner employment is just for you. Anything in health care is in high demand and for most careers that demand is growing larger, including nurse practitioners. Choosing a career path as a nurse practitioner has many benefits including; a great salary, job security, and the good feeling of knowing you are helping people everyday you go to work. Among those benefits already listed there are a few more such as, good working hours.
As a nurse practitioner you will often work in a doctors office or clinic and only be required to do 40 hours mostly between 8-5, but possibly as early as 7 or as late as 8, depending on the office or clinic. You will also be in a career that many people value and seek to find love with those who are in it, so you may find yourself a hot item at a party or club.
Now you may be wondering what will be required of you in nurse practitioner employment. First you must understand that to practice as a nurse practitioner you must become registered, to do this you will take a test and if you pass become registered in that state. Each state has it’s own rules but you are usually given the option to take the test 2-3 times before needed to go back to school for more study.
The test to become registered is difficult but most do pass once the have finished the required schooling. So now you probably want to know what the required schooling is. You will need to go to school and first become a registered nurse. This is done but obtain a bachelors and then taking a state test to become registered. Then you will return to school and obtain a Master’s degree in nursing. Once you have the Master’s you will take a state exam and become registered so you may start practicing medicine.
If you would like nurse practitioner employment then you may also want to consider going into a specialty. For instance you can become a pediatric NP, where you might work at a pediatricians office, psychiatric NP, where you might find yourself working with people who have mental disabilities, or a family NP, geriatric NP, acute care NP, or a certified nurse midwife. The list goes on and on, but you could find yourself in whatever situation you find most appealing.
If you are looking to get into nurse practitioner employment, then it has never been easier. There are countless online programs that offer degrees, or also many local colleges that have evening classes.
The benefits of being a nurse practitioner are numerous, including; a salary around 90,000-120,000 plus possible bonuses, life insurance, health insurance, disability insurance, and since you will work for someone you usually do not have to pay your own malpractice insurance because your employer will. However, some employers will negotiate paying you more if you purchase your own malpractice insurance.