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Careers- Neurochemist

neurochemistry
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Sarah Hagerty

on 3 May 2010

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Neurochemist Neuroscience is the study of the human brain and nervous system and understanding human thoughts, emotions, and behavior. Neurochemists use a combination of neuroscience and chemisty to understand the chemical makeup of the brain and nervous system. To get a job in Neurochemistry or Neuroscience, you need at least a Masters degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, or a similar field. You will also most likely need experience in a lab and doing research, however there are internships and entry levels positions that do not require much experience. Most Neurochemists have mostly research-based jobs. They're not doctors, so they don't treat or diagnose patients. They mostly conduct research on the brain and nervous system, often times for a university or government agency. The average salary of a Neurochemist is roughly $45,000 - $85,000 depending on who you are working for and what you are doing there. Some universities or agencies pay more or less, depending on what kind of research you will be doing. With the current state of the economy, it is hard to predict where a field such as Neurochemistry will be in the future. Most Neurochemists hope to develop new technologies that will make researching and understanding the brain and nervous system easier. They also hope to find new forms of data sharing to make joint research with facilities across the world easier. Currently it is hard to really work together with someone far away; the best they can do is send their research to each other. Neurochemists have to use a lot of technology in their research. They use technology to collect, analyze, and distribute data. Researching and analyzing the brain and nervous system would be very difficult without the machines and technology that they use today. Neurochemists don't really have any customers, because they don't actually treat patients. However, they do need to communicate with other Neurochemists and other research-based agencies, businesses, or universities. Math and science are imperative to the career of a neurochemist. They need to do a lot of mathmatical equations, and solve problems scientifically. If they don't understand chemistry or how the brain and nervous system function, it would be impossible to be a neurochemist. Neurochemists come across many problems in their research that need to be solved. There is still quite a lot that scientists don't understand about the brain and nervous system, so they often times come across things they don't understand or problems they didn't expect. Neurochemists need to be good communicaters because they often work in teams to do research, and they have to communicate with other research facilities. By Sarah Hagerty The End This is a machine used for brain scans This is an example of results from a brain scan
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