Career Options for Cognitive Science Majors

Whatever profession you choose, you will be able to perform better if you understand how the mind works:

  • If you want to go into Psychology, Psychiatry or Counseling, Cognitive Science supplies a broad understanding of the theories of psychology as well as skills in computer modeling techniques to supplement psychology's experimental approach.
  • If you plan to teach, Cognitive Science can help you understand how people learn so you can work on developing better teaching methods.
  • If you plan to go into law, you'll be more effective in court if you have some insight into how juries make decisions.
  • If you want to become a Business Manager or Human Resources Consultant, Cognitive Science will provide a scientific basis for understanding how people use language and perform intellectual tasks.

Since Cognitive Science integrates the knowledge and methods of a number of disciplines, the skills acquired can be applied to most of the fields and professions related to the four disciplines, including: telecommunications, information and language processing, artificial intelligence, cognition software development, medical analysis, speech pathology, data retrieval, human-computer interaction, therapy, and education.

A Sample of Career Paths of Cognitive Science Graduates

Previous Cognitive Science graduates have found careers in research laboratories, community and mental health organizations, hospitals, clinics, non-profit organizations, governments, universities, colleges, newspapers, and magazine publishing. Others have gone on to earn graduate degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Law.

Please also check out our Alumni page for information on what some of our recent graduates are doing.