Career opportunities

The field of neuroscience is highly interdisciplinary and offers a wide range of career options. Many practicing neuroscientists have a medical degree or a PhD, or sometimes both, along with postgraduate experience.

Sample fields and sectors where neuroscientists work include the following:

  • government
  • medicine
pharmaceutical industry
  • robotics
  • psychology
  • law
  • engineering
  • education
  • public policy making
  • advertising and marketing
  • researcher (basic and applied)

Some specific career options you might consider:

  • neurologist – become a doctor who specializes in treating nervous system disorders
  • neurosurgeon – specialize in surgery on the spine and brain
  • speech therapist
  • biochemist – study chemical processes and chemical transformations in living organisms
  • neurobiologist – specialize in the nervous system
  • community mental health worker
  • psychiatrist – specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders  
  • psychopharmacologist – study of the use of medications in treating mental disorders
  • veterinary neurologist – specialize in diagnosing and treatment of sick and injured animals
  • neuropathologist – specialize in diseases of the brain, spinal cord and central nervous system
  • neural stem cell researcher
  • hospital technician
  • science writer and academic publisher
  • clinical trial management