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Careers in Neuroscience

The ability to find fulfilling employment after graduation is (or should be) of concern to all students. It is in your best interest to explore career options relatively early in your college career so that you can seek out opportunities that will make you an excellent candidate for your desired position. Consider the careers below and/or make an appointment with an advisor to discuss your options.

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As with most degree programs, the more practical experience that you get, the more likely it is that you will get a job in your field. Therefore, we recommend that students who do not intend to go to graduate or professional school seek out additional opportunities such as research, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering that will strategically position them for a neuroscience-related career. Some examples of careers for people with a BS with a major in neuroscience include:

Pharmaceutical SalesResidential Counselor
Laboratory TechnicianRegulatory Affairs Specialist
Psychometrist*Medical Technician*
Science WriterClinical Research Assistant
Science AdvocacySpecial Education Assistant
Nonprofit WorkPatient Care Assistant*
Health EducatorOrthotic and Prosthetic Technician*
EEG Technologist*Lab Animal Care Technician
Medical and Healthcare ManagerSales Engineer
Forensic Science TechnicianLaw Enforcement
Pharmacy Technician*Natural Sciences Manager
Public PolicyAdvertising/Marketing

* May require additional training or certification

Most of the careers that people associate with neuroscience require doctorate-level education. Some examples of careers for people with advanced degrees include:

Medicine (MD, DO)Food Scientist
Research ScientistPharmacist
Physical TherapistAudiologist
Clinical PsychologistProfessor


Master's Level Careers

Many careers in neuroscience can be obtained through a master's-level education. Some examples of careers for people with a master's degree include:

Nurse PractitionerNeuroimaging Technician
Physician's AssistantTeacher
Genetic CounselorEpidemiology
Occupational TherapistBiostatistician
Orthotist/ProsthetistSpeech-Language Pathologist
Neural EngineerPublic Health