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What are some job prospects for a Neuroscience major?

I'm entering college in the fall and planning to major in Neuroscience on a pre-med track. Just in case I don't pursue going to medical school, I was wondering if there are any job prospects for this major, like a back-up plan? In all honesty, I'm fearful that I might pursue the wrong major and end up with no job prospects after college UNLESS I go to medical school (which I'm not yet entirely sure if I really want to commit to another 10+ years of schooling). Any advice is appreciated, thank you!

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Alison’s Answer

I'd like to recommend that you consider taking a business and/or marketing course on the side, if it's not built into your major program. You may find that going into pharma/biotech/medical device sales would be exciting, because you still get to deal with the science just in a different capacity. Sales Reps and Medical Science Liaisons get to talk with the doctors about how to best treat patients with products that these companies make.

Another field would be Corporate Strategy, where you might be instrumental in determining what products/treatments/advancements a company wants to develop and sell.

And one more idea, Clinical Study Coordinator or Clinical Study Manager is something that you can be a part of registering patients through various phases of clinical trials of novel drugs or devices.

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Ilana’s Answer

Are you interested in Neuroscience itself, outside of taking it as a back-up option? If so, then I highly recommend doing an internship in a Neuroscience laboratory to see if you enjoy research. This can be a very fulfilling career that is very different than the medical trajectory. If you end up not enjoying research, the time you spend in the lab will still be good for your medical school applications, etc. Working/Volunteering in a lab actually does not require you to major in Neuroscience either, so I would consider doing this regardless of which major you end up choosing if you are curious about Neuroscience. Additionally, if you have lab research in your pocket, it will also open up options for you including graduate studies in Neuroscience, a career in Industry, and a career in science communications, writing, and editing.

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Jeff’s Answer

My partner studied Neuroscience and now works in the private sector as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a biotechnology company that applies cell and gene therapy to combat haemophilia and other genetic diseases. Right out of college, she worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at a local University and really enjoyed it.

Clinical Research Coordinators are tasked with administering clinical trials. Their primary responsibilities include managing clinical trials and collecting data, informing participants about study objectives and administering questionnaires

You may want to look into similar positions at either at a university or private biotechnology companies.

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Monique’s Answer

Hi there, I'd highly recommend checking the Bureau of Labor statistics website to see which roles are in need, based on the stats. If you're set on completing this major, please view the link below for options of what you could do with your degree. I'd do further research to assure that there is a need for this role before wasting time and money on a major that you may not be completely interested in. Hopefully that helps!


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Katharine’s Answer

Outside of medicine, there are administrative jobs working for the health industry and are research positions that you could look into. You still have plenty of time to decide if you even want to major in that, though. Take an intro class, or a few classes, and see whether you enjoy it. If you don't like it, you could switch. If you choose to stick with neuroscience, you could always pick up a minor in another field to provide you some skills in area field as well. Also, try to gain experience outside of the classroom. See if you can volunteer in a hospital to find out if you even enjoy it. Join clubs and groups -- maybe you'll fall in love with something else.

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Melissa’s Answer

I would consider Technology, particularly Cyber Security, Data Science. These fields need to behavioural analytics and critical thinking.