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SALES REP, MEDICAL DEVICES, IN-DEPTH: Balancing Travel & Having A Family

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Rosalynn, a medical device sales representative, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and work-life balance. She travels often for her job, which is her favorite part of it, but it is a challenge as well because she has a family that she wants to spend time with.

Degree: Art - Graphic Design
Job Title: Sales Representative

Job Summary: Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products

Job Description

Sales representatives sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses, government agencies, and other organizations. They contact customers, explain product features, answer any questions that their customers may have, and negotiate prices.

On-the-Job Training

Many companies have formal training programs for beginning wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives that last up to 1 year.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
14 to 18 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office, Travel, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
People skills, Analytical skills, Networking, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills

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m='10140'>shows.</span> <span m='11340'>The</span> <span m='11710'>biggest</span> <span m='12010'>challenge</span> <span m='12440'>is</span> <span m='12720'>probably</span> <span m='13140'>the</span> <span m='13270'>traveling</span> <span m='13890'>because</span> <span m='16340'>I</span> <span m='16480'>like</span> <span m='16620'>to</span> <span m='16690'>be</span> <span m='16820'>at</span> <span m='16890'>home</span> <span m='17120'>with</span> <span m='17260'>my</span> <span m='17380'>family.</span> <span m='18250'>And</span> <span m='18520'>so</span> <span m='18980'>I</span> <span m='19080'>do</span> <span m='19240'>my</span> <span m='19350'>work,</span> <span m='19630'>and</span> <span m='19750'>then I</span> <span m='19890'>rush</span> <span m='20160'>back.</span> </p><p><span m='21070'>It's</span> <span m='21220'>not</span> <span m='21650'>very</span> <span m='21980'>hard</span> <span m='22200'>to</span> <span m='22280'>find</span> <span m='22740'>a</span> <span m='22800'>job</span> <span m='23050'>in</span> <span m='23150'>my</span> <span m='23360'>field.</span> <span m='24200'>What</span> <span m='24600'>I</span> <span m='24630'>would</span> <span m='24910'>suggest</span> <span m='25470'>is</span> <span m='25650'>getting</span> <span m='26910'>skills</span> <span m='27320'>in</span> <span m='27660'>maybe</span> <span m='27930'>retail</span> <span m='28660'>even,</span> <span m='28990'>a</span> <span m='29160'>lot</span> <span m='29380'>of</span> <span m='29460'>customer</span> <span m='29910'>service.</span> <span m='30770'>You</span> <span m='30890'>have</span> <span m='31070'>to</span> <span m='31170'>be</span> <span m='31290'>a</span> <span m='31340'>people</span> <span m='31620'>person,</span> <span m='31980'>like</span> <span m='32189'>to</span> <span m='32290'>talk</span> <span m='32549'>to</span> <span m='33260'>people.</span> <span m='35150'>Other</span> <span m='35360'>than</span> <span m='35610'>that,</span> <span m='36360'>I</span> <span m='36490'>think</span> <span m='36670'>anyone</span> <span m='36970'>can</span> <span m='37120'>do</span> <span m='37330'>it,</span> <span m='37570'>so</span> <span m='38490'>it's</span> <span m='39390'>a</span> <span m='39840'>pretty</span> <span m='40210'>easy</span> <span m='40400'>job</span> <span m='40610'>to</span> <span m='40680'>get</span> <span m='40900'>into.</span> </p><p><span m='42020'>My</span> <span m='42120'>work-life</span> <span m='42640'>balance</span> <span m='43090'>is</span> <span m='43290'>pretty</span> <span m='43480'>balanced,</span> <span m='43920'>actually.</span> <span m='44390'>I</span> <span m='44470'>think</span> <span m='44690'>you</span> <span m='44770'>just</span> <span m='44970'>have</span> <span m='45100'>to</span> <span m='45200'>make</span> <span m='45430'>it</span> <span m='45530'>that</span> <span m='45650'>way.</span> <span m='46780'>I</span> <span m='46860'>do</span> <span m='47060'>work</span> <span m='47320'>hard</span> <span m='48150'>for</span> <span m='48590'>my</span> <span m='49370'>hours</span> <span m='49700'>that I</span> <span m='49980'>need to,</span> <span m='50380'>and</span> <span m='50460'>then</span> <span m='50810'>I</span> <span m='50970'>do</span> <span m='51120'>have</span> <span m='51250'>a</span> <span m='51300'>personal</span> <span m='51690'>life.</span> <span m='52330'>Go home,</span> <span m='52700'>do</span> <span m='52810'>that</span> <span m='52960'>stuff,</span> <span m='53220'>but then</span> <span m='53410'>I'm</span> <span m='53520'>ready</span> <span m='53760'>to</span> <span m='53830'>go</span> <span m='53950'>back.</span> <span m='55060'>Sometimes</span> <span m='55360'>I</span> <span m='55460'>do</span> <span m='55590'>work</span> <span m='55780'>on</span> <span m='55870'>the</span> <span m='55940'>weekends,</span> <span m='56530'>but</span> <span m='57610'>it's</span> <span m='57860'>rewarding</span> <span m='58400'>when</span> <span m='58570'>I</span> <span m='58610'>get</span> <span m='58780'>back</span> <span m='58970'>home</span> <span m='59180'>anyway.</span> </p>","file":{"id":396133,"video_id":"3518484228001","name":"2588-Rosalynn-SalesRepMedical2","duration":60790,"thumbnail_url":null}});