Biopsychology – Career Options
As a graduate of the biopsychology program, individuals will be equipped to secure positions such as:
- Graduate student in neuroscience, psychology, occupational therapist, or public health
- Medical school student
- Pharmacy technician
- Laboratory and research tech
- Genetic counselor
- Animal behaviorist
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Wildlife manager
- Positions in science-related business, sales and law
A bachelor’s degree is only adequate for landing a few types of entry-level jobs in the field of biological psychology. Research assistants usually are required to get a master’s degree, preferably in biological psychology or behavioral neuroscience.
The most common jobs in biological psychology are in research, with teaching jobs coming in second; many biological psychologists who work in universities do both jobs. Universities, hospitals, governmental agencies, pharmaceutical companies and other private companies are the most common employers for researchers. Research assistants do much of the hands-on work in a laboratory, under the supervision of a full-fledged researcher. Full-fledged researchers normally are required to get a doctorate, usually a PhD degree because it offers more lab courses than a PsyD degree.