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What careers are suitable for someone that majored in Cognitive Science?

I am majoring in Cognitive Science and am curious what job opportunities are out there for someone with my degree. #college-major #college-jobs #cognitive-psychology #cognitive-science #cognition

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Daniela’s Answer

Hi Nicole,


Cognitive neuroscientists specialize in cognition and mental functions. In other words, they're experts in human cognitive development and the many psychological and physiologically factors related to it. These professionals are typically well versed in neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and physiological psychology. They're also concerned about how cognitive deficiencies affect behavior, language development, depression, emotions, and mental health.


Since there are many disciplines related to cognitive neuroscience, neuroscientists come from a myriad of backgrounds. Many work in the following fields: math, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, physics, neurology, psychiatry, bioengineering, and neurobiology.


Cognitive neuroscientists rely on their knowledge of behavioral genetics, cognitive genomics, electrophysiology, functional neuroimaging, cognitive psychology, and psychophysics while working with patients. Many cognitive neuroscientists study how brain lesions affect mental cognition. Technology has greatly enhanced understanding in this field.


If a career in neuroscience or neuropsychology interests you, there are numerous colleges and universities that offer degree programs in these or related subjects. Students enrolled in neuropsychology and science programs are required to complete various courses in chemistry, neurology, anatomy, biology, psychology, research methods, and math. Most organizations that employ neuroscientists only hire applicants holding PhD's.


Careers in Neuroscience
Neuroanatomists
Developmental Neuroscientists
Cognitive Neuroscientists
Behavioral Neuorscientists
Clinical Neuroscientists


In: https://www.psychologycareercenter.org/cognitive-neuroscientist.html


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Cindy’s Answer

The job opportunities for cognitive science are craaaaaazy broad and all depend on what you want to take an emphasis in.

For example, at the University of California Davis (the college I went to), there was a neuroscience emphasis, a linguistics emphasis, and a computational emphasis. I saw neuroscience emphasis students going the pre-med track to get into medical school in the future. I saw linguistics emphasis students going into linguistics research or grad school. I saw computational emphasis students going into software engineering or even UI/UX design.

I myself went into UI/UX design, allowing me to blend learnings from my degree with design knowledge, and it has been very fulfilling! The beauty of cognitive science is how much you can do with it since the subject spectrum is so wide (neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, computer science, design). I would suggest talking to professors from each of those subjects in classes to figure out where you might want to be in the future.

Hope that helps!
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