What Educational Path Should I Pursue in Order to Become Qualified to Conduct the Kind of Research That IONS Carries Out?

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What Educational Path Should I Pursue in Order to Become Qualified to Conduct the Kind of Research That IONS Carries Out?

At present there are no accredited courses of study or degrees that one can earn in the noetic sciences. There are some schools that offer advanced degrees in parapsychology, metaphysics, and so on, but none of them are accredited by the main academic boards, which means those degrees have little or no value when applying for jobs. Other schools, like Saybrook Institute or the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, do offer accredited degrees in associated areas, but the vast majority of people who earn such degrees do not end up earning a living in the noetic sciences.

We recommend that you earn an advanced degree in a traditional area that interests you, such as psychology or physics, and build a career there. Do exceptional work, and as you gain credibility you can begin to study or conduct noetic research on the side. To become a viable candidate when one of the rare job opportunities in noetic research arise, attend appropriate conventions, meet leaders in the field, publish papers, and become known to decision-makers at the few institutes around the world that conduct research in these areas. This is how virtually all of the people working in the field today have obtained their positions, and this reality is not likely to change any time soon.