A Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience can prepare a student for a variety of career paths. Some students who have a passion for research choose to continue on to a Masters and Ph.D. in Neuroscience (Click here for a list of graduate programs in Neuroscience) and some students use their degree in Neuroscience to apply to Medical School. However, there are a variety of other career paths that a Neuroscience graduate can take, both with, or without additional education.
For students who aren’t interested in a research or med-school path, there are many career opportunities in the health industry that may be of interest. For example, you can use your Neuroscience degree to apply for a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and become a Speech-Language Pathologist in two to three years. You can prepare yourself for many of the careers listed below through a master’s degree or a college diploma. If you see anything that interests you, search for job postings for that position to see what kind of education and experience is typically required.
For those Neuroscience students not interested in continuing with more education, or want some work experience before returning to school, there are other career options as well. Typically, organizations like to hire graduates who have some work experience, or that they know personally and feel will be a good fit for the job. It is estimated that 80% of jobs aren’t posted! This is why it is very important to build your networks and get volunteer or entry-level work experience. Non-profit organizations are an example of great places to start your career, where you can develop a wide breadth of skills, as well as your networks, very quickly. There are some links below that can help you find volunteer opportunities, networking opportunities, and resources to help you develop your job-finding skills.
Remember, it is unlikely that you will find your dream job directly out of your undergraduate degree. Talk to people in a variety of industries that you may be interested in to see what their jobs are like and how they got there. Research education required for careers that interest you. Develop your networks and your job hunting skills, and don’t get discouraged by entry-level jobs. Every experience that you have, whether it be work, education, or volunteering, prepares you for your future career!
Here are some potential careers for a Neuroscience graduate:
- Industrial Lab Researcher
- Medical Lab Research Assistant
- Medical Researcher
- Biotechnology Assistant
- Biomedical Engineer
- Biomedical Technician
- Biochemical Researcher
- Genetic Engineering Research Assistant
- Medical Illustrator
- Medical Records Management
- Hospital Administrator
- Support Worker
- Pharmaceutical Researcher
- Crisis Intervention Worker
- Occupational Therapist
- Life Skills Instructor
- Mental Health Worker
- Health Care Planner/Consultant
- Youth Worker
- Correctional Service Officer
- Addictions Worker
- Vocational Rehabilitation Worker
- Outplacement Counsellor
- Artificial Intelligence/Robotics
- Biotechnology/Medical Technology
- Human Computer Interaction
- Human Factors/Usability Testing
- Public Health Officer
- Laboratory Technician
- Science Journalist
- Medical Magazine Editor
- Medical Librarian
- Technical Writer
- Food Scientist
- Advertising/Marketing (for pharmaceuticals, etc)
- Nonprofit work (Project coordinator, etc)
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
- General Advertising and Sales
- (How the brain reacts to advertising)
- Management positions within
- Health-related Organizations
- Patent Officer
- Video Game Developer
- Policy Analyst for Health-related policy
- Health Economics Researcher
- Knowledge Broker in the Health field
Helpful career and school links:
Carleton Science Student Success Centre
Carleton’s Science Student Success Centre is a great resource for science students. The SSSC runs workshops about getting into medical and other health-related schools, provide one-on-one mentoring for students, and bring in speakers to help students get connected to careers. Follow this link to see what events are coming up or to book a one-on-one appointment.
Carleton Co-op and Career Services
Carleton’s Co-op and Career Services is available for students to learn networking, resume and cover letter writing, job search, and interview skills. They also hold job fairs and workshops, and have a career portal where you can apply for jobs. To access any of their services you can follow the link. They accept drop-ins for employment advising.
Charity Village is a great resource for information and job opportunities at non-profit organizations. To see which non-profit organizations exist in different sectors, click on the Directory link near the top of the page. You can look through the listings to see what organizations are available in different areas. Do your research on each organizations’ mission and vision, and feel free to contact them to learn more about them or to see if they need volunteers.
You can also check out the Volunteer Directory under the Directory link to see if any organizations are looking for someone with your skill-set to volunteer. You can apply to these volunteer positions just as you would a job, which is also great job application practice.
Non-profit organizations also regularly post job opportunities on Charity Village. You can review the postings to see if there is anything that may be of interest to you as a career or a starting point. The non-profit sector is a great way to both develop a strong breadth of experience and large networks while starting out in your career, even if you want to branch out later.
The job bank posts jobs in all industries all over Canada. It is a good place to start looking to see what is available out there, to give you some ideas on career paths you might choose or jobs you may be qualified for with your Neuroscience degree, or what education and experience you may need for careers you are interested in.
Government Job Search
If you are interested in working for the federal government, or want to see what jobs are available, follow this link.
Carleton University Toastmasters Club
Networking is an essential skill! The Carleton University Toastmasters Club is a great opportunity to develop your communication and leadership skills. They meet every Wednesday, and everyone is welcomed!
Carleton Career Services – What can I do with my degree? – Neuroscience
This link lists some of the skills developed by Neuroscience Majors, as well as common areas of employment and career opportunities.