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Definition of a Medical Representative

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The medical world provides thousands of jobs to people such as doctors, surgeons, nurses and pharmaceutical specialists. Medical representatives are a key link between medical and pharmaceutical companies and healthcare professionals, according to Prospects. A medical representative provides information about medicines and drugs available to those who prescribe medicines.

Job Description

A medical representative's duties include arranging appointments with medical professionals to educate and spread awareness of medicines the company is supplying. A medical representative also organizes meetings and conferences with other healthcare professionals, and maintains knowledge of new medicines in order to sell them.

Education and Skills Required

A bachelor's degree in science, engineering or pharmacy is required in order to obtain the position of a medical representative. Medical representatives must possess good listening and speaking abilities, effective communication, persistence, confidence and motivation. A medical representative should also have a professional image and manner.


According to the US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, a sales representative of wholesale and manufactured technical and scientific products earns a median salary of $70,200. There is much opportunity for higher income and advancement. With growing healthcare demands, a medical representative can be a financially rewarding career.


Jennifer Irvin has been writing for Demand Studios since 2010. She was an assistant editor for the University of Baltimore's literary journal, "Welter," in which her essay and poem were published. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Baltimore.

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