Neuroscience expertise is important in many career choices, enabling neuroscientists to serve society in diverse ways
Academic science and medicine are major career paths. Others include education, biotechnology, public policy, science writing, publishing, philanthropy, and law, among others. The following resources explore experiences in a variety of career paths and settings. Visit frequently as new resources will be added regularly.
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Career Paths and Profiles
How are neuroscientists using their skills beyond the bench? Learn about diverse career paths, including videos from fellow scientists who talk about the rewards and challenges of their career choices. What’s a day in the life of a neuroscientist like in different careers? Learn more from colleagues who’ve made that choice. Here are just a few of the career pathways open to neuroscientists.
Academic research gives neuroscientists an opportunity for lifelong learning in their area of interest. Learn more about a career in academia by accessing the career guide and watch Mary Morrison discuss her role as Assistant Professor at Lycoming College. See video and career guide »
Academic administration offers diverse career options, including department chair, dean, and even vice-president or president positions within large institutions. Learn more about the career field by accessing the career guide and watch Joanne Berger-Sweeney discuss her role as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University. See video and career guide »
Research endeavors are collaborative in the pharmaceutical research field. Learn more about a career in the private sector by accessing the career guide and watch Bill Martin discuss his role in pharmaceutical research as senior director at Theravance, Inc. See video and career guide »
Program Management within Government
The federal government offers many opportunities in program management for neuroscientists. Learn more about these careers by accessing the career guide and watch Michelle Jones-London discuss her role as program director for the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. See video and career guide »
The role of a science writer is to inform a designated audience about the latest research findings. Learn more about a career in media by accessing the career guide and watch Greg Miller discuss science journalism and his role as a writer for Wired Magazine. See video and career guide »
A career in scientific publishing offers multiple options for a scientific communicator. Learn more about a career in publishing by accessing the career guide and watch Katja Brose discuss her role as editor-in-chief for Neuron. See video and career guide »
Teaching high school can be a rewarding career choice for experienced scientists. Learn more about this career and watch Paul Cammer discuss his role as director of the Neuroscience Research Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson High School. See video »
A science advocacy career calls on neuroscientists to provide information and scientific input to assist with policy making decisions. Learn more about this career and watch Chris Schaffer discuss his role as a science policy fellow participating in the OSA SPIE Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship. See Video »