People sometimes overestimate the extent to which the conventional assumptions apply. Often, for example, managers assume they are more qualified than they really are to judge their employees' performance.
Biotech sales forces are small, elite, experienced, and capable of running a total business. Many start right after college with major pharmaceutical companies, which hire thousands of salespeople annually.
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The Rand report concludes that, although adequate data and accurate assessments of labor market conditions are important for many different parties, early career and prospective scientists are especially vulnerable.