Become a Neuroscientist

Learn the “whats”, “wheres”, “hows”, and “whys” of becoming a neuroscientist.

Questions
neuroscientists ask

  1. What are the mechanisms of addiction?

  2. How does the brain learn, and how might we learn better?

  3. What are better ways to image the living brain?

  4. How do we remember – where are memories stored and how are they forgotten/changed?

  5. What is the neurological basis of emotions such as anger, happiness and sadness?

  6. How does gender effect the brain, and what do these differences mean?

  7. What are the causes of illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease and of mental disorders such as schizophrenia and depression? What are the cures?

  8. How can we aid neuroregeneration? Can we cure spinal cord injuries? Can we transplant or replace parts of the brain?

  9. What is the best way to treat pain? How can we leverage our knowledge of the endogenous pain inhibitory system?

How To Get There

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  1. University Degree

    4 Years of college

    Learn about neuroscience through range of courses in psychology, biology, chemistry, and through research opportunities!

  2. M.D. or Ph.D. Makes you a Neruscientist!

    Graduate School for a Ph.D. or Med School for an M.D.

    Both Are 4 years

    Provide opportunities to hone your skills and develop specialized area of interest.

  3. Pursue another degree or Postdoctoral Training

    2 – 4 Years for PostDoc

    You’re really deepening your knowledge of the brain and developing your expertise.

Where Neuroscience Happens

  • Government

    Example — National Institutes of Health

    These positions usually do not involve traditional teaching responsibilities. Involve interesting reach opportunities.

  • Hospital or Medical Center

    Example -- clinician and/or researcher

    Working in a medical center is an ideal place to study neurological disorders in patients.

  • Industry

    Example — biotechnology, pharmaceutical or medical instruments

    Often paying higher salaries than government or university jobs, private industry offers the chance to research and develop new products for the marketplace without the pressure of teaching responsibilities.

  • University

    Example – researcher or teacher

    At the university it is sometimes difficult to balance research and teaching duties. However, the university environment, surrounded by students interested in learning, is exciting.

  • $82,240 Median Medical Salary

  • $104,310 Median R&D Salary

  • 8% Job growth Rate

Careers in Neuroscience

There are many awesome neuroscience careers worth exploring as you start to search what’s possible with your education. Learn more about all the interesting neuroscience careers you could pursue by visiting our careers page.

You Will Make a Great Neuroscientist!