Life After College

What can I do with my degree?

Academia, Teaching, & Education

  • Research lab head (principal investigator), running a lab of scientist, post-docs, technicians and students
  • Other research positions in an academic lab- research scientist, technician, lab manager, etc. [Note: research may be purely clinical working with patients, etc]
  • Professor (teach at undergraduate/graduate level)
  • 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 science teacher- can specialize in neuro
  • Elementary, junior high 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 (continuin education programs, run seminars for companies who want employees to understand brain/health better, train hospital employees about theh brain)
  • Work to improve funding for science education
  • Teach abroad (developing nation or other) about Neuroscience

Health-Related Careers

  • Clinical psychologist (could specialize in behavioral neuroscience)
  • Physician (MD or DO)
  • Optometrist
  • Nurse (for example, in neurolog ward, neuro-oncology, pediatric neurology, etc)
  • Nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant (can specialize in neuro-related)
  • 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
  • Technician for other neurological procedures e.g. deep brain stimulation
  • 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

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 (ex. draft a patent application to secure intellectual property rights for a neurobiological technique or product developed at Harvard)
  • Lawyer (specialize in neurodegenerative disease cases, child development, etc)
  • Consultant

Government & Policy

  • Work for a governmental office (CDC, NIH, FDA, etc) that oversee 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)
  • Creative writing about the brain – for children or adults
  • Write biographies for famous neuroscientist
  • Web design and writing for the NIH or other neuroscience organizations
  • Science education blogger
  • Science publishing (writing, editing, recruitment of writers)
  • Produce science education material web/print (Scholastic, Nature Education, etc)

Consulting (advising with a neuro background)

  • Management consulting (specializein biotech, pharma or healthcare companies)
  • Private consulting firm
  • Lobbyist (for foundations, biotech, etc)
  • Library (medical or other)

Non-profit Research or Foundations

  • Grants specialist
  • 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, Google, etc)
  • Artist specializing in how the brain perceives thing
  • 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

What do graduates do?

Our graduates emerge from our program with an excellent foundation in biomedical sciences and with exceptional teaching skills and experience.  Many attend medical school or graduate school, where they put their expertise in practice as physicians or educators.  Other graduates go on to teach at any level – from college to medical school.  Still others become scientists in industry or academic research positions.