Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary science that works closely with other disciplines, such as mathematics, linguistics, engineering, computer science, chemistry, philosophy, psychology, and medicine.
Neuroscientists study the cellular, functional, behavioral, evolutionary, computational, molecular, cellular, and medical aspects of the nervous system. There are various fields that focus on different aspects, but they often overlap.
Neuroscience affects many, if not all, human functions, but it also contributes to a better understanding of a wide range of common conditions.
- Down syndrome
- autistic spectrum disorders (ASD)
- Parkinson's disease
- brain tumors
- the effects of stroke, for example, language loss
- immune system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
A greater understanding of neurological factors can help in developing medications and other strategies to treat and prevent these and many other health issues.
Neuroscience is a new and important field with implications for every aspect of how people move, think, and behave. </span>People who join this profession need to have an interest in science and math. Most neuroscientists start out by completing a bachelor's degree in neuroscience before then pursuing a PhD.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary of a medical scientist, including neuroscientists, in 2016 was $80,530. Salaries ranged from a low of $57,000 to a high of $116,840.