Neurologists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

16500+
Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous system.

Common job titles of Neurologists include:
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Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 63.66% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 29.18% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

Tasks

    Inform patients or families of neurological diagnoses and prognoses, or benefits, risks and costs of various treatment plans.

    Prescribe or administer medications, such as anti-epileptic drugs, and monitor patients for behavioral and cognitive side effects.

    Provide training to medical students or staff members.

    Participate in neuroscience research activities.

    Perform specialized treatments in areas such as sleep disorders, neuroimmunology, neuro-oncology, behavioral neurology, and neurogenetics.

    Order supportive care services, such as physical therapy, specialized nursing care, and social services.

    Counsel patients or others on the background of neurological disorders including risk factors, or genetic or environmental concerns.

    Communicate with other health care professionals regarding patients' conditions and care.

    Develop treatment plans based on diagnoses and on evaluation of factors, such as age and general health, or procedural risks and costs.

    Identify and treat major neurological system diseases and disorders, such as central nervous system infection, cranio spinal trauma, dementia, and stroke.

    Order or interpret results of laboratory analyses of patients' blood or cerebrospinal fluid.

    Perform or interpret the outcomes of procedures or diagnostic tests, such as lumbar punctures, electroencephalography, electromyography, and nerve conduction velocity tests.

    Examine patients to obtain information about functional status of areas, such as vision, physical strength, coordination, reflexes, sensations, language skills, cognitive abilities, and mental status.

    Diagnose neurological conditions based on interpretation of examination findings, histories, or test results.

    Interpret the results of neuroimaging studies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans.

    Coordinate neurological services with other health care team activities.

    Prepare, maintain, or review records that include patients' histories, neurological examination findings, treatment plans, or outcomes.

    Interview patients to obtain information, such as complaints, symptoms, medical histories, and family histories.

    Advise other physicians on the treatment of neurological problems.

    Supervise medical technicians in the performance of neurological diagnostic or therapeutic activities.

    Refer patients to other health care practitioners as necessary.

    Prescribe or administer treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, and deep brain stimulation.

    Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and expand competence.

    Determine brain death using accepted tests and procedures.

Tools

Visual stimulators

Variable two-point discriminators

Ultrasound imaging scanners

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment

Transcranial magnetic stimulators

Tilting tables

Radio frequency generators

All Tools

Queen square hammers

Polysomnographs

Peripheral nerve stimulators

Otoscopes

Ophthalmoscopes

Neuropens

Neurological hammers

Magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment

Magnetic pulse stimulators

Facial nerve stimulators

Electronic stethoscopes

Electron beam tomography EBT systems

Electromyographs EMG

Electroencephalograph EEG equipment

Electroencephalogram EEG signal spectrum analyzers

Electroconvulsive therapy ECT units

Digital video cameras

Digital audio recorders

Diagnostic tuning forks

Diagnostic penlights

Computed tomography CT scanners

Cerebral oximeters

Biofeedback units

Babinski hammers

Automatic blood pressure cuffs

Automated external defibrillators AED

Auditory function screeners

Audio stimulators

Audio evoked potential testers

Technologies

Allscripts PM

athenahealth athenaCollector

Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR

Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

CareCloud Central

Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management

All Technologies

e-MDs software

eClinicalWorks Practice Management

Epic Practice Management

GalacTek ECLIPSE

GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution

Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

HealthFusion MediTouch

IOS Health Systems Medios EHR

Kareo Practice Management

McKesson Practice Plus

Modernizing Medicine Practice Management

NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management

Nuesoft Technologies NueMD

simplifyMD

Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy

WRSHealth EMR

Skills

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Speaking

Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Monitoring

Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Coordination

Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Science

Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Persuasion

Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

Abilities

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

Generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Category Flexibility

Identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Flexibility of Closure

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

Come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Fluency of Ideas

Quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.

Cognitive Abilities › Perceptual Abilities › Speed of Closure

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Psychology

Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Biology

Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Chemistry

Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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