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Amy’s Answer

Hi Annapoorna,

Majoring in neuroscience will allow you to go into many different areas, but it depends on what you are interested in! If you would like to go into PT or another research field, neuroscience is a great major. It will also prepare you for medical school if you decide that you would like to pursue a medical profession.

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Mona’s Answer

Hi Annapoorna,

Great question! I think neuroscience is a great field to go into and you'd be able to get a lot of client facing experience. However, even though it is a highly respected career and has a good salary, you have to really be interested in this type of work. Studying this material will definitely not be easy, so you really have to commit yourself. I think if you are passionate about this work you will succeed and get a great job out of college!

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Kanika’s Answer

Neuroscience is an AMAZING field to study! I myself am considering it! You can major in Neuroscience and get jobs in various fields!

Kanika recommends the following next steps:

You can become a science writer!
A lab tech!
A Professor!
A veterinarian!
A physician and much more! if you are interested in finding about more careers in neuroscience, I suggest you looking over https://pni.princeton.edu/undergraduate-concentration/careers-neuroscience

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Prashanth’s Answer

Hi Annaporna,

I hope you’re doing well & wish you have a great week ahead.

Neuroscience (or neurobiology) is the scientific study of the nervous system. It combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modeling, and psychology to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits.

Given below are the options that you get to choose from after you complete a degree in Neuroscience

Research and Education
• Research/Teaching: overall options to consider
o Basic/Clinical
o Academic/Biotech/Pharma (private sector) / NIH (public sector)
o Levels of analysis: molecular through cognitive
o System: theory and modeling, experimental animal, clinical, social
o Focus: development, function, disease
• Professor, Research lab head (principal investigator), running a lab of scientist, post-docs, technicians and students (teach at
undergraduate/graduate level); Medical school faculty
• Other research positions: research scientist, technician, lab manager, etc. [Note: research may be purely clinical working with patients, etc]
• Instructor, lecturer, or guest lecturer (may also have a research position)
• Dean (may also teach and do research)
• Run an academic program (advisor, coordinator, etc)
• High school, junior high, elementary science teacher
• Run a (neuro)science program at a youth education center (city-wide program for public schools, create a program for private schools,
summer programs, etc)
• Teach Neuroscience to medical students
• Teach public about Neuroscience (non-profit organization, Allen Brain Institute, etc)
• Teach Neuroscience to adults (continuing education programs, run seminars for companies who want employees to understand
brain/health better, train hospital employees about the brain)
• Work to improve funding for science education
• Teach Neuroscience abroad (developing nation or other)
________________________________________
Health-Related Careers
• Clinical psychologist (e.g., specialize in behavioral neuroscience)
• Physician (MD or DO)-neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, optometry…
• MD-PhD (clinical practice and research)
• Nurse (for example, in neuro ward, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurology, etc); Nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant
• Speech & language therapist (especially important for neurological patients with damage to left hemisphere, or children with
neurodevelopmental disorders)
• Occupational therapist for adults (especially important following stroke, loss of basic function to take care of ones self, etc)
• Physical therapist for children (teach how to compensate/alleviate developmental disorders, e.g SPD, autism, ADD, motor disorders, etc)
• Audiologist (assess hearing function in children, babies, adults)
• Nutritionist (a neuro background give you a unique perspective on how nutrient and metabolism affect the nervous system)
• Social worker (a neuro background would help you to understand the specific issues affecting neurological patients upon re-entering their
environment following hospitalizations)
• Clinical research- could work at a number of levels, from technician to research scientist
• Pharmacist (specialize in how drugs mimic neurotransmitter in the brain)
• MRI technician, histopathologist, public health, biostatistician, epidemiologist, medical forensics, develop neuroprosthetics
• Technician for other neurological procedures e.g. deep brain stimulation; genetic counseling
• Radiation physicist (calculates precisely how radiation should be used to target tumors)
• Administrator or coordinator (neurology ward or team or neurology residents)
• Run a public service project in an underserved area with limited medical care
• Veterinarian
________________________________________
Global Health
• Run a clinical research project in another country (or work for one)
• Run a public service project in a developing nation (or work for one)
• Work for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)- specialize in neurological disease
• Global health reporting and/or data collection- focus on neurological health
• Careers at UN, NGOs, MSF, OXFAM, USAID, World Bank
________________________________________
Business & Law
• Neuroeconomist or economics consultant
• Chief-Scientific Officer (CSO), Executive Director or other high-level at private company, non-profit foundation, government institution,
or academic program
• Marketing or advertising consultant (What is going on in the brain during decision making?)
• Equity consultant, analyst or broker for an equity firm, venture capitalist or hedge fund (Is a biotech or pharmaceutical company a good
investment?)
• Spokesperson for a neuro-company; education public on research going on within the company
• Patent lawyer (e.g., draft a patent application to secure intellectual property rights for a neurobiological technique or product developed at
Princeton)
• Lawyer (specialize in neurodegenerative disease cases, child development, etc)
• Consultant
________________________________________
Government & Policy
• Work for a governmental office (CDC, NIH, FDA, etc) that oversees public policy toward neurological disease, the aging brain, etc
• Capitol Hill Staffer (work in congressional office, science/health-related initiatives)
• Congressional advisor (advise on policy for the care of children with neurodevelopmental disease, intellectual disabilities, autism, epilepsy,
etc)
• Advise on policy for the care of persons with psychiatric problems, etc
• Grants administrator and/or reviewer (Program manager- NSF, NIH)
• Global Health Organizations
________________________________________
Writing & Publishing
• Scientific journal editor (Neuron, Cell, Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, etc)
• Scientific journalist (correspondent or columnist)
• Science book publishing (writing, editing, recruitment of writers)
• Creative writing about the brain – for children or adults
• Write biographies of famous neuroscientists
• Web design and writing for the NIH or other neuroscience organizations
• Science education blogger
• Produce science education material web/print (Scholastic, Nature Education, etc)
________________________________________
Consulting (advising with a neuro background)
• Management consulting (specialize in biotech, pharma or healthcare companies); private consulting firm
• Lobbyist (for foundations, biotech, etc)
• Library (medical or other)
________________________________________
Non-profit Research or Foundations
• Grants specialist –evaluate research portfolio, set funding priorities
• Patient outreach
• Discovery specialist for a research foundation (coordinate academic and biotech research to cure a specific disease)
________________________________________
Creative Sector
• Graphic designer for any company/ organization on this list
• Design web-based scientific education material (NIH, Scitable, University Science Centers, Startup companies)
• Science consultant for the media (TV, movies, books, etc)
• Artist specializing in how the brain perceives things
• Architect who specializes in how the brain perceives spaces, color, texture, emotion, etc
• Toy designer- use knowledge to make brain developing toys
• Musician/instructor (understanding hearing and the brain and its role in composition, performance)
• Write neurosci-fi screenplays
• Web design, art, and/or writing for any neuroscience organization

I hope this helps to answer your query.

Good Luck 😊

Prashanth TM

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Kana’s Answer

Neuroscience is a great field . If your planning to take lecture route or medical school either way it works out well . It is very interesting and complicated too . Once majored and thoroughly worked it's lucrative as well

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Prashanth’s Answer

Hi Annaporna,

I hope you’re doing well & wish you have a great week ahead.

Neuroscience (or neurobiology) is the scientific study of the nervous system. It combines physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, developmental biology, cytology, mathematical modeling, and psychology to understand the fundamental and emergent properties of neurons and neural circuits.

Given below are the options that you get to choose from after you complete a degree in Neuroscience

Research and Education
• Research/Teaching: overall options to consider
o Basic/Clinical
o Academic/Biotech/Pharma (private sector) / NIH (public sector)
o Levels of analysis: molecular through cognitive
o System: theory and modeling, experimental animal, clinical, social
o Focus: development, function, disease
• Professor, Research lab head (principal investigator), running a lab of scientist, post-docs, technicians and students (teach at
undergraduate/graduate level); Medical school faculty
• Other research positions: research scientist, technician, lab manager, etc. [Note: research may be purely clinical working with patients, etc]
• Instructor, lecturer, or guest lecturer (may also have a research position)
• Dean (may also teach and do research)
• Run an academic program (advisor, coordinator, etc)
• High school, junior high, elementary science teacher
• Run a (neuro)science program at a youth education center (city-wide program for public schools, create a program for private schools,
summer programs, etc)
• Teach Neuroscience to medical students
• Teach public about Neuroscience (non-profit organization, Allen Brain Institute, etc)
• Teach Neuroscience to adults (continuing education programs, run seminars for companies who want employees to understand
brain/health better, train hospital employees about the brain)
• Work to improve funding for science education
• Teach Neuroscience abroad (developing nation or other)
________________________________________
Health-Related Careers
• Clinical psychologist (e.g., specialize in behavioral neuroscience)
• Physician (MD or DO)-neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, optometry…
• MD-PhD (clinical practice and research)
• Nurse (for example, in neuro ward, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurology, etc); Nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant
• Speech & language therapist (especially important for neurological patients with damage to left hemisphere, or children with
neurodevelopmental disorders)
• Occupational therapist for adults (especially important following stroke, loss of basic function to take care of ones self, etc)
• Physical therapist for children (teach how to compensate/alleviate developmental disorders, e.g SPD, autism, ADD, motor disorders, etc)
• Audiologist (assess hearing function in children, babies, adults)
• Nutritionist (a neuro background give you a unique perspective on how nutrient and metabolism affect the nervous system)
• Social worker (a neuro background would help you to understand the specific issues affecting neurological patients upon re-entering their
environment following hospitalizations)
• Clinical research- could work at a number of levels, from technician to research scientist
• Pharmacist (specialize in how drugs mimic neurotransmitter in the brain)
• MRI technician, histopathologist, public health, biostatistician, epidemiologist, medical forensics, develop neuroprosthetics
• Technician for other neurological procedures e.g. deep brain stimulation; genetic counseling
• Radiation physicist (calculates precisely how radiation should be used to target tumors)
• Administrator or coordinator (neurology ward or team or neurology residents)
• Run a public service project in an underserved area with limited medical care
• Veterinarian
________________________________________
Global Health
• Run a clinical research project in another country (or work for one)
• Run a public service project in a developing nation (or work for one)
• Work for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)- specialize in neurological disease
• Global health reporting and/or data collection- focus on neurological health
• Careers at UN, NGOs, MSF, OXFAM, USAID, World Bank
________________________________________
Business & Law
• Neuroeconomist or economics consultant
• Chief-Scientific Officer (CSO), Executive Director or other high-level at private company, non-profit foundation, government institution,
or academic program
• Marketing or advertising consultant (What is going on in the brain during decision making?)
• Equity consultant, analyst or broker for an equity firm, venture capitalist or hedge fund (Is a biotech or pharmaceutical company a good
investment?)
• Spokesperson for a neuro-company; education public on research going on within the company
• Patent lawyer (e.g., draft a patent application to secure intellectual property rights for a neurobiological technique or product developed at
Princeton)
• Lawyer (specialize in neurodegenerative disease cases, child development, etc)
• Consultant
________________________________________
Government & Policy
• Work for a governmental office (CDC, NIH, FDA, etc) that oversees public policy toward neurological disease, the aging brain, etc
• Capitol Hill Staffer (work in congressional office, science/health-related initiatives)
• Congressional advisor (advise on policy for the care of children with neurodevelopmental disease, intellectual disabilities, autism, epilepsy,
etc)
• Advise on policy for the care of persons with psychiatric problems, etc
• Grants administrator and/or reviewer (Program manager- NSF, NIH)
• Global Health Organizations
________________________________________
Writing & Publishing
• Scientific journal editor (Neuron, Cell, Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, etc)
• Scientific journalist (correspondent or columnist)
• Science book publishing (writing, editing, recruitment of writers)
• Creative writing about the brain – for children or adults
• Write biographies of famous neuroscientists
• Web design and writing for the NIH or other neuroscience organizations
• Science education blogger
• Produce science education material web/print (Scholastic, Nature Education, etc)
________________________________________
Consulting (advising with a neuro background)
• Management consulting (specialize in biotech, pharma or healthcare companies); private consulting firm
• Lobbyist (for foundations, biotech, etc)
• Library (medical or other)
________________________________________
Non-profit Research or Foundations
• Grants specialist –evaluate research portfolio, set funding priorities
• Patient outreach
• Discovery specialist for a research foundation (coordinate academic and biotech research to cure a specific disease)
________________________________________
Creative Sector
• Graphic designer for any company/ organization on this list
• Design web-based scientific education material (NIH, Scitable, University Science Centers, Startup companies)
• Science consultant for the media (TV, movies, books, etc)
• Artist specializing in how the brain perceives things
• Architect who specializes in how the brain perceives spaces, color, texture, emotion, etc
• Toy designer- use knowledge to make brain developing toys
• Musician/instructor (understanding hearing and the brain and its role in composition, performance)
• Write neurosci-fi screenplays
• Web design, art, and/or writing for any neuroscience organization

I hope this helps to answer your query.

Good Luck 😊

Prashanth TM

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