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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Careers Requiring an Advanced Degree

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 Scientist Pharmacist
Dentist Veterinarian
Physical Therapist Audiologist
Optometrist Lawyer
Clinical Psychologist Professor
Neuropsychologist Chiropractor


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 Practitioner Neuroimaging Technician
Physician's Assistant Teacher
Genetic Counselor Epidemiology
Occupational Therapist Biostatistician
Orthotist/Prosthetist Speech-Language Pathologist
Neural Engineer Public Health

Bachelor's Level Careers

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 Sales

Residential Counselor

Laboratory Technician

Regulatory Affairs Specialist


Medical Technician*

Science Writer

Clinical Research Assistant

Science Advocacy

Special Education Assistant

Nonprofit Work

Patient Care Assistant*

Health Educator

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician*

EEG Technologist*

Lab Animal Care Technician

Medical and Healthcare Manager

Sales Engineer

Forensic Science Technician

Law Enforcement

Pharmacy Technician*

Natural Sciences Manager

Public Policy


* May require additional training or certification

Additional Resources


Occupational Outlook Handbook

Purdue Online Writing Lab: Resumes & Vitas

OSU Career Services

Database for neuroscience internships

OSU Pre-Health Program

Choices in Neuroscience Careers article

Society for Neuroscience

Neuroscience: Solving the Brain article


Success in Graduate School

American Psychological Association

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

Experiential Positions for Pre-Health Students