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Careers in Neuroscience

Careers with a Bachelor's Degree

Opportunities for graduates with a BS in Neuroscience are wide-ranging, with median salaries for those who move immediately into the work force  ranging from approximately $30,020 to $48,400. These careers include:

  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Science Writer
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Science Advocacy
  • EEG Technologist
  • Medical/Healthcare Manager
  • Medical Technician
  • Residential Counselor
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Lab Animal Care Technician
  • Health Educator
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Special Education Assistant
  • Biotechnology
  • Governmental Policy

Careers Requiring an Advanced Degree

Many students choose further education in Graduate School or Professional Programs (Clinical Psychology, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy Public Health, Veterinary Medicine), and employment in education (secondary and post-secondary), academic research, including basic and clinical research, academic administration, and pharmaceutical research, as well as, related fields including scientific and medical publishing, science advocacy and government relations, and non-profit or professional organizations.

For those who pursue advanced academic or health profession degrees, the salary range is expected to be $60,000, to well over $150,000 per year.

  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Research Scientist
  • Professor
  • Pharmacist
  • Patent Law
  • Veterinarian
  • Physical Therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Optometrist
  • Psychologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Nurse
  • Neuroimaging Technician
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Epidemiologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Public Health Policy Specialist

For more information, please see the links below:

Science Magazine
The Life Sciences Salary Survey
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN)
Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (Post-bac IRTA)
Professor Salaries