Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field that studies the structure and function of the nervous system. The human nervous system is composed of organs (brain, spinal cord, nerves, and ganglia), which, in turn, consist of various tissues, including nerve, blood, and connective tissue. It has three general, overlapping functions: sensory, integrative, and motor. Neuroscientists use the principles of cellular and molecular biology, anatomy, physiology, human behavior and cognition, mathematics, chemistry, and other fields to study the...
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Medical scientists (including neuroscientists) earned median annual salaries of $91,510 in May 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent earned $50,240 or less, while the top 10 percent received $164,650 or more. Those who were employed by scientific research and development services firms received mean annual earnings of $110,540, while those who worked for federal agencies ...
Neuroscientists work in laboratories, medical facilities, and other research and health care settings. These modern facilities are typically equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Research neuroscientists typically work a standard, 40-hour week, Monday through Friday. A neurologist who practices as a physician will see patients during the work week, but may also have evening and weekend hou...
Employment for medical scientists (including neuroscientists) is projected to increase by 6 percent from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This is faster than the average for all careers. “Medical scientists will continue to be needed because they contribute to the development of treatments and medicines that improve human health,” according to the DOL. “The federal...