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How to get into Pharma Market Access
10 Jul 2024

How to get into Pharma Market Access?

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Getting into market access in the pharmaceutical industry involves a combination of education, experience, networking, and skill development. Here are steps you can take to pursue a career in this field:

Educational Background

  • Relevant Degrees: Obtain a degree in a related field such as pharmacy, life sciences, healthcare, economics, public health, or business.
  • Advanced Degrees: Consider pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D. in health economics, health policy, public health, or an MBA with a focus on healthcare.

Specialized Training

  • Courses and Certifications: Enroll in specialized courses like the Pharma Market Access and Pricing course offered by Royed Training. Other certifications in health economics, outcomes research, and market access can be beneficial.

Gain Experience

  • Internships: Seek internships or entry-level positions in pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, or healthcare organizations that focus on market access.
  • Related Roles: Start in related roles such as regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilance, sales, or marketing to gain industry experience and understanding.

Develop Key Skills

  • Analytical Skills: Develop strong analytical skills to interpret data and market trends.
  • Communication Skills: Enhance your ability to communicate complex information to diverse audiences, including healthcare professionals, payers, and regulatory bodies.
  • Negotiation Skills: Learn negotiation techniques as market access roles often involve negotiations with payers and other stakeholders.


  • Professional Associations: Join professional associations such as the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) or the Market Access Society.
  • Conferences and Events: Attend industry conferences, webinars, and networking events to connect with professionals in the field.
  • LinkedIn: Use LinkedIn to network with industry professionals, follow relevant companies and groups, and stay updated on industry news.

Stay Updated

  • Industry Trends: Keep abreast of the latest trends, policies, and regulations in healthcare and pharmaceuticals.
  • Continuous Learning: Engage in continuous professional development through courses, webinars, and workshops.

Tailor Your Resume and Apply

  • Targeted Resume: Tailor your resume to highlight relevant education, experience, and skills specific to market access.
  • Job Applications: Apply to market access roles in pharmaceutical companies, consulting firms, and healthcare organizations.


  • Find a Mentor: Seek out mentors in the industry who can provide guidance, advice, and support as you navigate your career path.

Useful Resources

  • Royed Training: Our Pharma Market Access and Pricing course can provide a strong foundation. We have both short one month certificate course and extensive 1 year PG certification course.
  • ISPOR: Offers resources, publications, and networking opportunities for professionals in health economics and outcomes research.
  • Market Access Society: Provides educational resources and networking opportunities for market access professionals.

By following these steps, you can build a solid foundation and increase your chances of securing a role in market access within the pharmaceutical industry.

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