Career Map




Education in neuroscience can prepare you for many occupations. Learn how to prepare for a neuroscience career.

Careers in Neuroscience and Medicinal Plants

Biomedical engineer an inventor who combines engineering with biological knowledge. Robert Fishell invented the transcranial magnetic stimulator to help people with migraine headaches.
Ethnobotanist: A biologist that studies the relationships between plants and people, in particular how people from different cultures use plants in daily life.
Herbalist A practitioner of herbalism, which is the study and use of medicinal plants.
Naturopathic doctor: A healthcare practitioner with a specialty in pharmaceuticals and the safe use of these medications and therapies. Pharmacists are trained in understanding the biochemical mechanisms of drugs and their interactions with the human body. In the United States, a pharmacist must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and licensure.
Neuroanatomist studies the structure (anatomy) of the nervous system.
Neurobiologist studies the biology of the nervous system.
Neurochemist studies the chemistry (for example, neurotransmitters) of the nervous system. Dr. Paul Zak studies the role of oxytocin in promoting trust between people.
Neuroeconomist 
 A researcher who uses economic models to study how multiple, different    and specialized neural systems solve complex and novel problem. Brian Knutson studies what happens in the brain when you decide to buy a cup of expensive coffee.
Neurological Surgeon a physician who performs surgery on the nervous system. Dr. Wirgina Maixner operated to separate conjoined twins Trishna and Krishna.
Neurologist A physician who has specialized in neurology, the study of the brain and nervous system. Neurologists are trained to diagnose and treat neurological disorders.
Neuropathologist studies diseases of the nervous system
Neuropharmacologist A scientific researcher who studies the action of drugs on the nervous system and/or behavior
Neuropsychologist
 
studies brain-behavior relationships (especially cognitive functions) in human
 
Neurophysiologist studies the physiology of the nervous system.
Neuroscientist  A scientist that studies the brain and nervous system. Neuroscientists are primarily concerned with research. Areas of specialty include neuroanatomy, neurobiology, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, and more.
Perfumer An expert who composes perfumes for the fragrance industry. A perfumer must have a delicate and refined sense of smell.
Pharmacist A healthcare practitioner with a specialty in pharmaceuticals and the safe use of these medications and therapies. Pharmacists are trained in understanding the biochemical mechanisms of drugs and their interactions with the human body. In the United States, a pharmacist must have a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree and licensure.
Pharmacologist: A biomedical scientist that studies the interactions between drugs and cells, tissues, organs, or entire organisms. Pharmacologists are primarily concerned with research.
Physiological Psychologist
(Psychobiologist or Biological Psychologist)
studies the neural basis of behavior
Psychiatrist a physician who diagnoses and treats mental disorders
Psychophysicist
studies the relationships between environmental stimuli (for example, light, sound, or heat) and the resulting sensations and perceptions that they produce
 
 

Traditional healer A person who provides medical treatment and advice based on the traditional healing practices of his or her culture. May include shamans, diviners, acupuncturists, and herbalists. Traditional healers use plants and natural remedies instead of synthetic medications.


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