Neuroscience Careers--PhD Degree

PhD student in neuroscience conducting research in a lab with liquid chemicals Neuroscience career options following a Psychology degree and a PhD in Psychology or Neuroscience

Once you earn a Psychology degree, you may decide to move forward to earn a PhD so you can start a Neuroscience career. Your interests in Neuroscience could be anything related to how the nervous system develops, the structure of the nervous system, and the function of the nervous system. Neuroscience is a relatively new field of study so there are an endless number of research question still to be expored, and a vast array of technology at your disposal (e.g., MRI). Click on this link to read about what are areas of study in neuroscience.

In moving forward toward a PhD, keep in mind that your degree could be in Experimental Psychology (e.g., Cognitive Psychology), or you could obtain a Neuroscience PhD. Before you earn your PhD you must have a Master's degree, either from another school or the same school. It usually requires 4-6 years of graduate school for an individual to complete his or her dissertation (research project). The nice thing about going for a PHD is that at many schools you do NOT pay tuition. In addition, at many schools you receive a stipend, a form of salary for serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) or Research Assistant (RA). It is also important to know that a PhD typically offers greater job opportunities and greater salary than a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.  These job opportunities include being a tuniversity Professor, working for the government, and medical writer.

Read about comparisons between Masters and PhD degrees in psychology here.

Salary Information lists the average yearly income for an Experimental Psychologist at $56,000.

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Click on the links below to read about other Neuroscience careers that  require a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology degree:

Neuroscience Careers--Government Worker

Neuroscience Careers--Medical Lab Technician

Neuroscience Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

Click on the links below to read about other Neuroscience careers that require a graduate degree in Psychology:

Neuroscience Careers--Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology

Neuroscience Careers--Neuroeconomist

Neuroscience Careers--Medical Doctor