There's an article in today's NY Times about how the drug companies recruit college cheerleaders to be sales reps. Male doctors prescribe a lot more drugs when the sales rep is a beautiful, fit and flirty blonde.
This article reinforces three points that I make a lot in my blogs.
(1) Attractive young women (like Onya) have it really easy. As a pharmaceutical sales rep they can make over $60,000/year after one year on the job and also get a free company car. No actual science knowledge is needed. Meanwhile, some ugly nerdy kid with high grades and a major in chemistry is making half as much money, if he can even find a job at all.
(2) We live in a marketing economy in which marketing trumps any real work.
(3) The whole medical business is a big scam in which doctors prescribe drugs based on how they feel about the sales rep and not based on their own knowledge of drugs. Pharmaceutical companies are primarily marketing based companies which barely spend any money on R&D.