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Salary for health economics/market access consultant - pharmacist with a PhD

Hi all,

I have researched and done my homework but still can't find a narrow range for salaries in the career I like (health economics/market access) and corresponding to my studies.

I aim to start my career (i.e. no concrete professional experience yet) as a health economics/market access management consultant and my qualifications are: bachelor in pharmacy, master's in health economics, and a PhD to be finished soon.

Would you provide me with a narrow salary range for an entry level position in this field at a consultancy and/or a pharma company?

Please consider my background, I see some salaries starting at 6000/month but for people from far less relevant backgrounds and I think that my qualifications are the exact fit for these roles which compensates for the lack of experience and probably makes the 6000 an irrelevant number.

Any hint would help.
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Surprised that someone with zero experience is looking to go in as a consultant - interesting approach, good luck with that.
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Surprised that someone with zero experience is looking to go in as a consultant - interesting approach, good luck with that.
Thanks for adding nothing to the sum of the world's knowledge.

Who said that I have zero experience? I said no experience in this field .... sigh!
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I aim to start my career (i.e. no concrete professional experience yet)
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Who said that I have zero experience? I said no experience in this field .... sigh!
well, you....
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Who said that I have zero experience? I said no experience in this field .... sigh!
What was then wrong with Carlos´ post?

Try glassdoor.
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Re: Salary for health economics/market access consultant - pharmacist with a PhD

I would say 6000 is fairly high for no experience in the field.
For a lot of entry level consulting jobs, the background is fairly irrelevant, it's the personality--and how that personality allows for growth and success in their field.
I've seen people with basic bachelors jump into 12000 positions on graduation, I've seen very abled, smart 'PhDs' with experience jump into 3000 positions.
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well, you....
I said "no experience in this field", not in general....

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What was then wrong with Carlos´ post?

Try glassdoor.
Nothing wrong but I did not ask for him to be surprised, I asked for numbers.

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I would say 6000 is fairly high for no experience in the field.
For a lot of entry level consulting jobs, the background is fairly irrelevant, it's the personality--and how that personality allows for growth and success in their field.
I've seen people with basic bachelors jump into 12000 positions on graduation, I've seen very abled, smart 'PhDs' with experience jump into 3000 positions.
Thanks for the informative reply. Yet, I think not all consultants are the same. If you are already a pharmacist, this is a job with a minimum salary of around 7000. More relevant qualifications = less time for training and established understanding of the topic.

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Nothing wrong but I did not ask for him to be surprised, I asked for numbers.
Your reaction tells me you don't have much experience beyond work either...

Someone in this field should know that while numbers matter, there's a lot of non-numerical elements that need to be considered in HE, i.e. it's not just about numbers.

You have zero work experience by your own admission. If you couldn't work out what I meant, I worry even more about your approach. You need to toughen up if you want to be a good consultant. Academic experience would put you at entry level for an analyst position in a big company or consulting agency.
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Your reaction tells me you don't have much experience beyond work either...

Someone in this field should know that while numbers matter, there's a lot of non-numerical elements that need to be considered in HE, i.e. it's not just about numbers.
I think you will enjoy listening to this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1eHKf-dMwo

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Re: Salary for health economics/market access consultant - pharmacist with a PhD

The jealous EF bunch is out at force again. They cannot stand anyone with a good education. I don't know your area but I am pretty sure you can expect more than 6000 CHF with your background.
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The jealous DM bunch is out at force again. They cannot stand anyone with a good education. I don't know your area but I am pretty sure you can expect more than 6000 CHF with your background.
I'm sorry to have to step in here, but I'm the guy who would be hiring folks like HomoSapiens... nevermind, eh.

Jealous? Not really.
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I'm the guy who would be hiring folks like HomoSapiens...
Hmmmm .... this explains a lot, evil HR .... conflict of interests
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No. HR would tell you the salary. I'm the guy who'd say yes or no based on qualifications, experience, interview outcome and job spec... As I said, you might want to rethink your strategy to go straight into consulting.

The consultants that I have worked with in this field have BOTH academic qualifications (usually Profs) as well as years of working for Government Health Authorities on the one side, or own their own HE companies (often spin-offs from universities), with people like you doing the heavy lifting, modelling and calculations and publications.

However, it's your call and career. If you feel you can compete, then great and good luck.
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No HR would tell you the salary. I'm the guy who'd say yes or no based on qualifications, experience and job spec... As I said, you might want to rethink your strategy to go straight into consulting.

The consultants that I have worked with in this field have BOTH academic qualifications (usually Profs) as well as years of working for Government Health Authorities on the one side, or own their own HE companies (often spin-offs from universities), with people like you doing the heavy lifting, modelling and calculations and publications.

However, it's your call and career. If you feel you can compete, then great and good luck.
Thanks man, I already have a lot of positive replies from interested companies ..... again, my question was about a salary not if I would succeed
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Surprised that someone with zero experience is looking to go in as a consultant - interesting approach, good luck with that.
You have no clue about you are talking about.
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Thanks man, I already have a lot of positive replies from interested companies ..... again, my question was about a salary not if I would succeed
That's always a good sign. I would go for 12K min if you are confident about success!

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Your reaction tells me you don't have much experience beyond work either...

Someone in this field should know that while numbers matter, there's a lot of non-numerical elements that need to be considered in HE, i.e. it's not just about numbers.

You have zero work experience by your own admission. If you couldn't work out what I meant, I worry even more about your approach. You need to toughen up if you want to be a good consultant. Academic experience would put you at entry level for an analyst position in a big company or consulting agency.
Bullsheet. For consulting companies take undergraduates as analysts but PhDs come in at associate level.
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That's always a good sign. I would go for 12000K min if you are confident about success!
Thanks Chemmie, is this number based on what you hear or knowledge of someone with similar qualifications or familiarity with the field?
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Thanks Chemmie, is this number based on what you hear or knowledge of someone with similar qualifications or familiarity with the field?
I have heard of one gentleman, who negotiated this remuneration. I would say it's an outlier--but I don't have many friends who were as alpha as this chap. He had much less qualifications and familiarity in the field, but with his confidence, charm, and ability, he succeed regardless of what background he has.
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