Career Navigation: Where do physiologists work?

When it comes to choosing a career, there's never just one path. Some physiologists plan to work in academia first and pursue opportunities in industry later in their career. Some physiologists move up the academic research ladder, while others transition between the two.  Still others may explore career opportunities in the government or nonprofit organizations, or choose careers outside the lab, such as science communication, teaching or administration.

There is an unlimited number of ways to leverage the valuable skillset that physiologists develop during their scientific training. Identifying your personal interests, skills, priorities and ambitions can help you explore your career options.

Careers related to physiology can be found across sectors in industry, government, nonprofit organizations and academia. Each sector offers different experiences, career opportunities and benefits, and serves different interests and personalities.