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Careers in Neuroscience

What Can I Do with My Major?

There are career opportunities in a variety of sectors, including but not limited to: business (consulting, advertising/marketing, sales), education (K-12 and higher education), engineering and other tech fields (data science, artificial intelligence, technical writing, computer science), global and public health, government and policy (lobbyist, public policy), healthcare (physical & mental health), journalism/science writing, law (neuroethics), non-profits (advocacy & outreach), and more. These fields can also intersect with each other.

To strengthen their academic backgrounds and learn more about other fields of their interest, students pursuing the neuroscience major may want to consider pursuing a minor or an additional/double major. However, this is not required.

Students can learn more about career options as a neuroscience major through the MSU Career Services Network resource, What Can I Do with This Major.

Regardless of career interests, it is vital to gain experience and get involved during your undergraduate career. These experiences can be paid—such as on/off-campus jobs or internships—or unpaid—such as leadership positions in student organizations or various other volunteer/service opportunities.

Students at MSU can learn more about how to get more involved on-campus through the following resources

Most students pursuing a B.S. in Neuroscience have plans to pursue advanced education (e.g., master’s or doctorate-level degrees) to be able to achieve their career goals. However, there are also bachelor’s level jobs available for neuroscience students.

Careers Requiring Advanced/Terminal Degrees (non-exhaustive list)

Audiologist (AuD)

Chiropractor (DC)

Clinical Psychologist (Ph.D)

  • Note: Neuropsychology is a subfield of clinical psychology

Clinical Researcher/Neuroscientist (Ph.D)

Dentist (DDS or DMD)

Lawyer (JD)

Medicine (MD or DO)

  • Note: Psychiatry is a medical speciality

Occupational Therapist (OTD)

Optometrist (OD)

Pharmacist (PharmD)

Physical Therapist (DPT)

Podiatrist DPM)

Professor (Ph.D)

Veterinarian (DVM)

Careers Requiring Master’s Degrees (non-exhaustive list)

Anesthesiologist Assistant (MS)

Applied Behavior Analyst (MS)

Biostatisticians (MS, MPH)

Cardiovascular Perfusionist (MS)

Clinical Counselor/Therapist (MA, MS, MFT)

Genetic Counselor (MS)

Healthcare Administrator (MHA)

Higher Education/Student Affairs (MA, MS, EdM, MEd)

K-12 Educator (MA, MS, EdM, MEd)

Neural and/or Biomedical Engineer (MS)

Nutritionist (MS)

Occupational Therapist (MA or MS)

Orthotists and Prosthetists (MS)

Pathologists’ Assistant (MS)

Physician’s Assistant/Associate (PA-C)

Psychometrist (MA or MS)

Public Health Professional (MPH)

Social Worker (MSW)

Speech-Language Pathologist (MA or MS)

Careers Requiring Bachelor’s Degrees (non-exhaustive list)

Behavioral Aide

Business Analyst

Data Scientist & Other Scientific Computing Professions

Certified Nursing Assistant*

Consultant

Forensic Science Technician

K-12 Educator*

Laboratory Technician or Manager

Law Enforcement Officer (local, county, state, federal)

Medical Assistant*

Neurophysiologist/Intraoperative Neuromonitoring Technician*

Nurse

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician*

Pharmaceutical and/or Medical Salesperson

Pharmacy Technician*

Phlebotomist*

Psychometrist*

Research Assistant (entry-level)

Science Writer

Software Engineer or Web Developer (front-end, back-end, full stack)

Technical Writer

*Additional certification or credentials may be required

Additional Resources

Finding External Undergraduate Research Opportunities

General Career Resources

Graduate School Resources

Pre-Health Resources