45,000 Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs Cut in 2010. Now What?

pharmaceutical sales jobsPharmaceutical sales jobs have gone from being the way into the middle class or even upper middle class to the unemployment line. This year isn't over and already more than 45,000 sales representatives in the pharmaceutical industry have been cut, reports Shareen Pathak in Sales-jobs.fins.com.

Primarily the layoffs result because of two developmenents. One is a shift in focus in the industry from marketing back to research. Patents are expiring. The next blockbuster has to be found. Secondly, medical doctors have been shutting their doors to sales reps, preferring to educate themselves about medications as a more objective route.

The good news is that sales is a binary sort of track. Either you can sell or you can't. Those who can will be able to reinvent themselves in other industries related to medicine, science, or technology. The first step is to conduct informational interviews, which can take place online, with sales representatives and sales managers in other fields. The goal is to elicit candid input on whether, given your specific background, you can make the transition. Eventually you'll nail down possibilities, both as a rep in the field or for a position in sales management.

When you do, immerse yourself in that new area of expertise. That might entail doing your own research, requesting to shadow a salesperson in that sector, and taking courses or seminars in the basics of that business, ranging from the technical to the operational side. You may also have to learn new technologies for making sales calls online.

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Jeffrey Tobias

Dont you remember cola was cocaine.And you had the pushers in the 20s pushing heroin.These are the drugs mostly used then besides Chinese Accupunture and there medicine for 1000s of years.

November 22 2010 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charles Conlan

Tar and feather the Medical and pharmacy snake oil salespeople.
The great capitalist Hustlers........

November 21 2010 at 8:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve R


Sure they are against government wasteful spending just like all of us are. First people have to realize the reason why our government leaders spend so much on BS is that have been on and are still on the rewards program. The more they spend, the more favors they get. Mainly bribes, kickbacks or campaign donations (really all three are the same thing). If you think the Big business and the Corporation give them millions in campaign donations without expecting favors in return then you’re a fool

As for wasting money on social programs, the whole problem is lack of jobs. The more unemployment, the more the government has to spend on unemployment benefits, welfare, food stamps, etc. The solution is to stop and reverse the offshoring of jobs, Also crack down on illegals taking our jobs which the government refuses to do because they benefit the rich.

The Tea party like the Republicans want it both ways. They think it's totally OK to offshore jobs but they don't want to help support those that can't find work,

When asked, if you continue to help offshore our jobs with tax breaks, what are these hundreds of millions of Americans supposed to do ? The Republicans say these people should first kill all their family members and then kill themselves. We will provide suicide pills if they prefer. The Tea party has suggested setting up gas chambers like during the holocaust to eliminate those that can't find work.

This is how these Goddamn shit heads think. I have a better idea. We need to band together and revolt against these assholes and take back America so EVERYONE can work and live a life of peace and happiness. Until we revolt, things are going to get much much worse.

The choice is up to you, kill your family and yourself, or join in the revolution, fight back and save your family. Let’s take them down before they take us down….

November 21 2010 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Steve R

As for jobs,
The Republicans want to outsource (offshore) all the jobs and the
Democrats want to give them all to the illegals (amnesty).

Comapring the two parties is like comparing 100 sacks of cow shit to 100 sacks of horse shit.

We totally need a new independent party.that supports the working class which is the majority of Americans.
Not some lousy Tea Party that wants to cut off support to the people who have lost their jobs mainly due to government helping to offshore jobs. Obviously the more jobs you have the less the governmnet will have to provide support but the Democrats and republicans say fuck that.idea. Offshoring means bonuses for the rich and bribes and campaign donations for them which is the ONLY thing they care about.

November 21 2010 at 10:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve R

Sears and Macy’s should be sued for age and reverse race discrimination. I worked as a bench technician in manufacturing at a couple different companies for about 18 years but was laid off as most of those type jobs were outsourced overseas..

In 2008 I applied at Sears here in So. California for a service tech
position and took a long test and aced it. When I was called in for an interview the hiring manager seemed concerned about my age (45) and mentioned a few times about the physical aspects of the job. I assured him that I am in excellent health and could easily handle the work. I was told I was over qualified for the job which of course means I was too old.

Several months later the HR from Sears called me about a inspection type position. Because it had been awhile I had to take the test again so I did. When I was called in for again for an interview the hiring manager asked if i was bilingual and I of course replied no. He said many of their customers are now Hispanic. Of course I was not hired.

I had a similar experience at Macy's when applying for seasonal work around Christmas.

Total reverse discrimination and age discrimination. it's the same
with most of these companies. If our government wasn't so f**king
corrupt and rotten they would never get away with this crap.

November 21 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Harry,what dream did you wake up from?You sound like one of the many folks that have a three speed brain and a four speed mouth.Why don't you try THINKING before spewing hateful drivel.

November 21 2010 at 4:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve R


Yes, we have been in a recession since mid 2007 and now entering the second great depression, which will be much worse than the 1930’s because the cost of living is twenty times higher.

..Massive job losses everywhere, crime on the rise
..Over 30% foreclosure rate on homes in California and Miami
..Over 50% foreclosure rate on homes in Arizona
..Food, utilities, taxes, medical expenses prices on everything skyrocketing
..Almost half the country is on food stamps and/ or welfare

Our government leaders knew along time ago if they continued to help Big Business to outsource our jobs along with turning a blind eye to the banks recklessly giving unsecured loans to anyone no matter what their financial situation was that eventually the economy would collapse. Since their jobs are secure no matter what happens, they didn’t give a Goddamn.

Matter of fact our government leaders think it’s all a big joke. They know their enormous pay and million dollar pensions are guaranteed no matter how bad the economy gets. 25%. 35%. 50% unemployment our government doesn’t care. And instead of controlling inflation, They kick back and do nothing as prices skyrocket ( Food, Utilities, Healthcare, Etc) All they do is laugh and vote themselves BIG pay raises instead of dealing with the problem. And to make up for the lost revenue they continue to borrow billions from countries like China which will soon bankrupt our nation.

Our evil corrupt government traded our jobs for favors like campaign contributions (bribes and kickbacks) from all the million / billion dollar companies, banks and corporations. Some people think just because they haven’t lost their job to outsourcing (yet) that it doesn’t affect them. They are so wrong. Not only does the dollar become devalued but what happens when a friend or family member loses their job to outsourcing and can’t support their family. Soon the only way people will able to survive is to steal once the rest of the jobs are gone.

Over seventy percent of our Industries have now been lost to foreign countries. Over twenty percent of our domestic jobs are now taken by Illegal Aliens. Almost all credit, financial, and health records of Americans have crossed over at least once to other countries via off-shoring. You don’t find out about it until your identity is stolen. The government says too bad it’s your problem. The government says” So your job gets outsourced or given to an illegal alien, your identity gets stolen and your credit and life is destroyed, a small price to pay to help the filthy rich

If our government would at least regulate the outsourcing, healthcare and energy prices then maybe we could reverse the destruction of our economy but they won't. Instead they have done the opposite giving tax breaks to companies that outsource our jobs overseas and to Mexico. It's simply because we have the most lazy, evil, corrupt, worthless government in the world run by sacks of human waist.

November 21 2010 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To the seniors that bought into the fear that the repubs were selling to get your votes. Didn't you notice that, when asked how they would get gov. spending under control as promised, they never had any specific answers? Now that you all fell for that crap the repubs are finally telling the truth. It will be done on the backs of our elderly by CUTS to your social security and medicare. Big business will continue to get the big tax breaks under the assumption that they will provide jobs. Just like the bank bail out was going to allow banks to provide loans to the working middle class. How did that work out?? Why would big business hire new workers when the demand for their services and products is at an all time low? They will do what any business would do, hold on to the money and wait out the financial down slide. They do not have to spend their tax breaks as the middle class would. Tax breaks for the middle class is necessary because that money would have to be in circulation to provide food and shelter for families NOW! The middle class provides the demand for service and products.
We support the big business, it's time the middle class got some help!!!

November 21 2010 at 3:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That is because a lot of old people who smoke and all died now. Most of us are healthy, we don't need drugs.

November 21 2010 at 3:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Ignoramuses (or is it ignoramii?) like you fuel the irrational and regressive blabbermouths on hate speak radio and in elective offices because you respond exactly as they want when they pull your strings. Read my response about why these jobs should have gone away more than thrity years ago. I was one of those reps for ten years. You are showing yourself to be a bigot hiding behind the disguise as an outraged patriot. If you actually read and COMPREHEND what I previously posted, you would see that I am far from a bigot or racist. I happen to be a member of a minority group who thinks that the industry went too far to prove that there was no discrimination.

November 21 2010 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to fentex5's comment

Today it is my job tomorrow it is yoursssssssss

November 21 2010 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
educate yourself

People ... educate yourself! Read THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DRUG COMPANIES by Marcia Angell, M.D. (former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine) and you will get a dose of reality! The demise of 45,000 sales jobs ... the pharm companies figured out that consumer advertising (count the number of commercials for drugs you see the next time you turn on the TV or flip through a 'health' magazine) produces more sales.

November 21 2010 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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