Neurology or Neuroscience? Plus how much is a neuroscientist paid?

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In summary, there is a difference between becoming a neuroscientist and a neurologist. While a neuroscientist may have a more interesting job, the pay is lower and the career path is typically through academia. On the other hand, a neurologist may earn more money, but the time and debt required for medical school and residency must be considered. The average salary for a neuroscientist is around $60,000 to $75,000 per year, while the salary for a neurologist can vary greatly.
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I can;t decide between trying for neurology or neuroscientist. All though I think neuroscientist would be a more interesting job, I do not like maths or chemistry( I love Bio and Physics). Being a neurologist would not only be satisfying aswell, but it will also pay aLOT! But the time of MBBS and MD is the biggest con in neurology.
So I wanted to know the average salary earned by a neuroscientist in America( or if someone can, in India as well). The net says its 60,000 to 75,000 dollars, but it does not specify per year or month.
 
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I have friends who graduated with BS in Neuroscience. All are waiting tables.
 
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A neuroscientist is generally an academic. It's difficult to say exactly, but for ballpark, you're looking at a similar track to most academic physicists. That means finishing a PhD, spending several years doing post docs ($30-40k per year, very limited benefits), and then if you can get it, an academic position. These vary considerably in terms of pay, but the $60-75k figure is an annual one for someone who has moved up through the ranks and likely won't actually be earning that until he or she is about 45 years old.

A neurologist would earn much more money, but to really look at the numbers you need to factor in debt load and residency. Their salaries will look high, but again, it's not like you're earning that when you're 25.
 
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The net says its 60,000 to 75,000 dollars, but it does not specify per year or month.

Surely it's per year. If it were per month, that would be 720,000 to 900,000 dollars per year. Few if any university professors make that much. Football or basketball coaches, on the other hand... :rolleyes:
 
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I understand your dilemma in choosing between neurology and neuroscience. Both fields offer exciting opportunities to study the brain and its functions, but they have different focuses and career paths.

Neurology is a medical specialty that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders related to the nervous system. This requires completing medical school (MBBS) and a residency program in neurology, which can take around 7-8 years. Neurologists often work in hospitals or private practices and can earn a high salary due to the specialized nature of their work.

On the other hand, neuroscience is a broad field that encompasses the study of the nervous system from a scientific perspective. This can include research on brain development, function, and disorders. While a neuroscience degree may not lead to a direct clinical practice like neurology, it can open up opportunities in research, academia, and industry.

In terms of salary, it is difficult to give an exact figure as it can vary depending on factors such as location, experience, and specific job role. According to the Society for Neuroscience, the average salary for a neuroscientist in the United States is around $75,000 per year. However, this can range from $60,000 to over $100,000 depending on the factors mentioned above.

In India, the average salary for a neuroscientist can range from 6-10 lakhs per year, but again, this can vary depending on various factors. It is worth noting that the salary for a neuroscientist may not be as high as that of a neurologist, but it can still be a lucrative and fulfilling career option.

Ultimately, the decision between neurology and neuroscience should be based on your interests, strengths, and career goals. Both fields offer valuable contributions to the study of the brain and its functions, and it is important to choose the one that aligns with your passions and skills. I would recommend researching and talking to professionals in both fields to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day work and potential career paths. Good luck in your decision-making process!
 

Related to Neurology or Neuroscience? Plus how much is a neuroscientist paid?

1. What is the difference between neurology and neuroscience?

Neurology is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Neuroscience, on the other hand, is a multidisciplinary field that studies the structure and function of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

2. What are the main areas of research in neuroscience?

Some of the main areas of research in neuroscience include neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, cognitive neuroscience, and behavioral neuroscience. Researchers in these areas study the brain and nervous system at various levels, from molecules and cells to systems and behavior.

3. How do neuroscientists study the brain and nervous system?

Neuroscientists use a variety of techniques and technologies to study the brain and nervous system, including brain imaging, electrophysiology, molecular biology, and behavioral experiments. These methods allow scientists to observe the structure and function of the nervous system and understand how it contributes to behavior and cognition.

4. What are the career opportunities for neuroscientists?

Neuroscientists can pursue careers in a variety of fields, including research, medicine, academia, industry, and government. They may work in laboratories, hospitals, universities, pharmaceutical companies, or research institutes. Some neuroscientists also choose to become science writers, consultants, or educators.

5. How much is a neuroscientist paid?

The salary of a neuroscientist can vary depending on factors such as education, experience, and location. According to the National Institutes of Health, the average salary for a neuroscientist in the United States is around $90,000 per year. However, this can range from $50,000 to over $150,000 depending on the specific job and employer.

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