Explore Career Paths
Explore Career Areas
Use the sample work areas (mentioned above) to start exploring career paths. The links below provide a short overview of the positions.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook, a career title dictionary
- O*NET Online, the nation's primary source of occupational information
- FOCUS2, explore career paths using self-assessment questionnaires
- Federal positions by major, research career titles with the federal government related to your major
- Vault Guides, browse 100’s of industry guides to gain inside tips
- Society for Neuroscience: NeuroJobs
- American Neurological Association: Career Center
Resources: Career Planning
Explore career path options with these resources:
- What can you do with a degree in neuroscience?
- Psychology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Neuroscience - what is the difference?
- American Neurological Association - find a mentor
- Where Are the Neuroscience Jobs?
- Neuropsychologist & Clinical Neuropsychologist, Vault Article
- Vault Guide to Careers in Allied Health
- Vault Guide to Health Care Provider Jobs
Skills Developed: NEUR Major
Skills lead to jobs. Which skills do you possess?
- Assess your skills, abilities, interests, and values and explore how they relate to career options.
- Complete this skills inventory to get started.
Sample list of skills developed in class by Neuroscience majors:
- Communication skills
- Content in neuroscience and related disciplines
- Critical thinking
- Data analysis
- Research methods
- Scientific approach to solving problems
Add to your skills with LinkedIn Learning's skill based videos.
Sample list of opportunities
- BSOS Engagement Opportunities - browse links on out of the classroom experiences
- Careers4Terps - check out job and internship openings for off-campus positions for UMD students
- Start your search with these tips
- UMD Neuroscience Blog - list opportunities
- UMD Psychology Blog - list opportunities
- Nu Rho Si - summer internship openings.
- UMD National Scholarships Office - review a listing of opportunities for UMD
- Pre-Health Clinical Opportunities
- Neuroscience internship listing - programs located in the USA, by IBP
- Summer internships with NIH - Review the "Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience" department
- Co-op/Internships and Summer Research Opportunities in Neuroscience - listing by RIT
Start with these steps!
- Research options on campus
- UMD Research Centers - potential RA positions
- Research Centers in BSOS
- All Research Centers & Institutes at UMD
- Undergraduate Research Events
- Research funding options for BSOS student
- Research with a faculty member - learn more selecting an undergrad research advisor
- APA Undergraduate Research Opportunities & Internships
- Consider research opportunities at one of UMD’s affiliate organizations
- The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education sponsors many research internship programs
- Undergraduate Scholarship Program at National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research.
- ProFellow - search for fellowships in a variety of fields; requires a free account to access
- UMD National Scholarships Office - review a listing of opportunities for UMD recent grads & graduate students
- A very popular postbac research program with UMD students is the NIH Postbac Program
- Postbaccalaureate Premedical Programs
Tips for examining post bac programs
Start researching your career path of interest to identify the educational requirements. The resources below offer a brief overview of some graduate degree programs.
What Can You Do With a PhD in Neuroscience? For those with PhD in neuroscience, there is an opportunity to shape the lives of future doctors and make medical breakthroughs that could cure neurological disorders. They will gain the skills and education needed to become neuroscientists and natural sciences managers. Acquiring a PhD typically takes 5-7 years
Sample job titles:
- Research scientists
- Medical writers
- Natural sciences managers
Graduate School Resources: Researching programs:
- Accredited Graduate Programs in Counseling (from CACREP)
- Choosing Between the PsyD and PhD Psychology Graduate Degree
- Non-Academic Careers for PhDs
- Psychology degree specialties
- Types of Psychology Degrees
- PhD level, professional write a lot, oversee research, some teach in academic. Read more about a Clinical Neuropsychology Degree.
- Reasons to Pursue a PhD, The Spike
- UMD Pre-Health Advising, offers guidance related graduate school
- Questions to consider before applying
- Application timeline, stay on track with your graduate school application
- Tips for completing the application
- Financing ideas for graduate school
- Fully Funded Master’s Programs in Psychology by ProFellow
Learn about the licensing process:
- Types of Counseling Licensure in Maryland & Requirements
- Licensure information by state
Pre-Health Interests: The Reed-Yorke Health Professionals Advising Office works with all current UMD students and alumni interested in pursuing a career in the health profession.
- Pre-Health Interest areas to explore.
- Clinical opportunities and resources for gaining clinical, volunteer, research experience and so much more.
- The HPAO shares important information about events, volunteer opportunities, advising, and more! To Subscribe: Send an email to email@example.com; Leave the subject line blank; In text area write: Subscribe premedadvising + your name
Shell Cast- Medical Shadowing, led by UMD students. We started ShellCast as a vehicle for students to gain clinical hours despite a pandemic restricting access to traditional shadowing experiences. Gaining valuable clinical experience in a Covid world has become incredibly difficult, we aim to simplify it. Youtube videos.
After researching career paths, consider talking with people working in your field of interest to gain inside information. The links below provide sample events where you may be able to meet professionals in your field of interest. Use these opportunities to learn more about your field of interest, establish new networking contacts, and informational interviews.
- Career Events for BSOS students
- University Career Center Event Calendar
- Terrapins Connect, is an online platform that allows students’ virtual access to UMD alumni who have volunteered to share industry specific information, conduct resume reviews, etc.
- Use LinkedIn to locate alumni & recruiters
- Intern for a Day Lite, matches students with professionals working in a field of interest to shadow for the day or offer informational interviews
- Shadow professionals - Pre-Health Clinical Opportunities
Consider reviewing state and national related associations to access career path information.
- Society for Neuroscience
- American Academy of Neurology
- American Neurological Association
- Cognitive Neuroscience Society
- International Neuropsychological Society
- American Psychological Association
Interested in joining an organization as a student?