Career In Neuroscience

The world is getting techno-prone; people have become used to machines. One accesses and operates the machines whole day, the thought and the work processes of our mind are reflected by the outputs given by the machinery, because it’s the machines, who work for us these days. The only body part, which works actively with the working of the machines, is brain. Brain controls the machines and makes them work according to the required results. But to see what’s into this brain, how is this brain working and what are the factor which leads to the malfunctioning of the most important part of the body.

Doctors are the term which is used to dig into the functioning of the nervous system of the human beings, but this is the specialised field of medicine, the specialists of which are called neurosurgeons. Neuroscience is the field in which focus is given to the study of brain and the nervous system, in detail. Sciences in senior secondary examination is a degree, which is required by the students aiming for career in neuroscience, also for post graduate neuroscience courses, students need to have a bachelors degree in medical sciences. Having the urge and curiosity to keep on looking for the methods, until the problem gets solves and having that enthusiasm to do something different and new. The students are made to study the subjects like molecular, psychological, cognitive and behavioural approach. The students are made to do in-depth study of the topics related to neurosciences, and research is an important element of the neurosciences. Students of neurosciences, also go for PhD in neurology, after they do research in labs for three to six years to specialise on their subjects.

There are few main colleges providing courses in neurosciences like, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, etc. There are various specialisations or subjects, which a student can opt for pursuing his career in neurosciences, some of which are:

v     Molecular and cellular neuroscience

v     Behavioural neuroscience

v     Systems neuroscience

v     Developmental neuroscience

v     Cognitive neuroscience

v     Theoretical and computational neuroscience

v     Diseases due to aging: neurology and psychiatry

v     Neural engineering

v     Neuroscience studies

v     Neuroimaging

v     Neurolinguistics

The professions through which the students implement their studies in neurosciences are:

v     Neurology

v     Psychiatry

v     Neuropathology

Students with their interest in neurosciences can also apply for course in nursing in neurosciences, which is becoming very popular these days. Students in the nursing field are called as nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. Nurses specialising in the neurosciences, is something which is slowly coming up these days, and students are opting for these career opportunities. Also, this is encouraged by the hospitals and the government in countries, due to the fact that it will lead to an increase in the availability of the skilled and intelligent nurse staff for the hospitals. Students can also seek to have career in pharmaceuticals. Research and drug developments are a factor which can lead to increase in demand of the pharma specialists in the field of neurosurgery. Clinical trials are also an important branch, which can be opted by the students of neurosciences.

Students pursuing career in neurosciences are made to so in- depth study of the topics related to this field. The curriculum has more of practical research classes, providing the students a deeper look into the prospects of the career opportunities. Other than practising neurosciences as a profession, the professionals of this field are also actively involved in spreading awareness about the diseases and issues related to nervous systems.

Gurleen Kaur writes on behalf of is a portal that connects education seeker with education provider. Shiksha provides information about medical colleges and physiotherapy courses

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