Careers in Neuroscience
It is an incredibly exciting time to be a neuroscience student. The number of career paths open to students who graduate with a degree in Neuroscience is increasing on almost a daily basis. Many of the career and job opportunities are listed in the drop down tables below.
One established pathway is within the healthcare and biomedical sectors, encompassing everything from patient care to pharmaceutical research. In many instances, health-related careers require an advanced degree (e.g., M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S, P.T., P.A.) while others, including laboratory or clinical research technician, healthcare manager, medical or pharmaceutical sales, are open to graduates with Bachelor degrees. The high demand for expertise in neuroscience in the health and biomedical fields is driven in part by the growing crisis facing our country: 100 million Americans impacted by neurological disorders, 40 million Americans affected by mental illness, 1000+ neurological diseases identified, and an economic burden of $800 billion. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a growth rate of 13% between 2012 and 2022 for medical science jobs, including neuroscientists, which is as fast as the national average for all occupations.
The additional career opportunities listed below are growing and developing at an incredible pace as a wide array of sectors, including: business, law, education, design, consulting and advocacy realize the positive impact understanding of the brain and cognitive processes provides. Particularly exciting are the entrepreneurial opportunities that will arise from graduates leveraging their knowledge and skills in neuroscience and directing them toward solving some of the most intriguing and pressing problems facing our society. The potential for the application of neuroscience in these new directions is captured in the selected articles below.
"Cognitive science. This relatively new interdisciplinary field blends elements of psychology, computer science, philosophy, neuroscience and linguistics. In other words, it studies the mind, its processes and the nature of intelligence."
- US News & WR: 8 College Majors With Great Job Prospects: Colino, 2018.
"Apple, Google, and Facebook are raiding animal research labs: Neuroscientists studying birds, mice, and fish are landing seven-figure salaries to help advance artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and more."
- Bloomberg Businessweek: McBride and Vance, 2019.
"Neuroscience Is going to change how businesses understand their customers."
- Harvard Business Review: Furr, Nel and Ramsoy, 2019.
"How neuroscience is breaking out of the lab; Nervous-system scientists share how they’re working in a variety of settings."
- Nature: Flemming, 2018.