Neuroscience at Agnes: Where Can it Take Me?

From 2010 (the first year of students graduating with the Neuroscience major) through 2012, Neuroscience graduated 8 students. Of those 8, 1 is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2 students earned their masters in a related field, 3 earned her PhD in a related field, 1 is an MD. 

In 2013, Neuroscience graduated 10 students. Of those 10, 6 students are currently in graduate school in a related field and 2 students are in scientific research careers. 

In 2014, Neuroscience graduated 11 students. Of those 2 are in a PhD program in Neuroscience, 1 is in medical school, 1 is in a doctor of physical therapy program, and 3 students are in scientific research fields. 

In total, from 2010-2014, Neuroscience graduated 29 students; 17 (58.6% of the graduates) have gone or are currently in graduate school or medical school and 5 (17% of the graduates) are in a science related career. 

From 2010-2016, Agnes Scott graduated 50 Neuroscience Graduates. Where are they now?

  • Clinical Research Coordinator at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory
  • Physical Therapists
  • Masters Degrees in: Computational and Applied Mathematics; Music,the Mind and the Brain; Speech Language Pathology; Global Health; Psychology
  • PhDs in Engineering Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Medical Doctors and medical students
  • Research assistants at UGA and Emory

Students at SpARC

 

Neuroscience Careers

The ability to find employment after graduation is (or should be) of concern to all students. It is in your best interest to explore career options relatively early in your college career so that you can seek out opportunities that will make you an excellent candidate for your desired position.

What Skill Set Do You Need for These Careers?

The course work in the Neuroscience Major aims at equipping students with the knowledge of the Neuroscience as well as the skill set necessary for each career level.

1. Ability to design an effective experiment, analyze the data with statistics, draw important conclusions, and present the research.
2. Critically read scientific literature.
3. Apply knowledge learned in order to solve a problem.
4. Work in pairs or teams utilizing leadership skills.

Careers requiring an Advanced Degree

Most of the careers that people associate with neuroscience require doctorate-level education. Some examples of careers for people with advanced degrees include:

Medicine (MD, DO) Food Scientist
Research Assistant Pharmacist
Dentist Veterinarian
Physical Therapist Audiologist
Optometrist Lawyer
Clinical Psychologist Professor
Neuropsychologist Chiropractor


Master's Level Careers

Many careers in neuroscience can be obtained through a master's-level education. Some examples of careers for people with a master's degree include:

Nurse Practitioner Neuroimaging Technician
Physician's Assistant Teacher
Genetic Counselor Epidemiology
Occupational Therapist Biostatistician
Orthotist Speech-Language Pathologist
Neural Engineer Public Health


Bachelor's Level Careers

As with most degree programs, the more practical experience that you get, the more likely it is that you will get a job in your field. Therefore, we recommend that students who do not intend to go to graduate or professional school seek out additional opportunities such as research, internships, part-time jobs, and volunteering that will strategically position them for a neuroscience-related career. Some examples of careers for people with a BS in neuroscience include:

Pharmaceutical Sales Residential Counselor
Laboratory Technician Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Psychometrist* Medical Technician*
Science Writer Clinical Research Assistant
Science Advocacy Special Education Assistant
Nonprofit Work Patient Care Assistant*
Health Educator Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician*
EEG Technologist* Lab Animal Care Technician
Medical and Science Technician Sales Engineer
Pharmacy Technician* Law Enforcement
Public Policy Natural Sciences Manager
Forensic Science Technician Advertising/Marketing

 

 

*May require additional training or certification