Neuroscience PhD trends swamp out other life sciences disciplines….

These data were just released by NIH. This is not surprising to me, you can’t be in the field and not take notice of what’s happening around you. The size of the trend however is what’s really interesting. One thought I had is that a neuroscience doctorate really provides potentially two hot career directions: one in brain diseases, the other in brain applications (which range from brain machine interfaces to neural-inspired computing).  So graduate students in the neurosciences may be choosing the field because of a relative abundance of job possibilities.