Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
Your job is to Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.
Common job titles of Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists include:
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.
92.31% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.
7.69% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.
Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.
Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor function, language, learning, and memory.
Diagnose and treat conditions involving injury to the central nervous system, such as cerebrovascular accidents, neoplasms, infectious or inflammatory diseases, degenerative diseases, head traumas, demyelinating diseases, and various forms of dementing illnesses.
Interview patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.
Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports, using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
Consult with other professionals about patients' neurological conditions.
Diagnose and treat pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.
Diagnose and treat psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
Establish neurobehavioral baseline measures for monitoring progressive cerebral disease or recovery.
Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.
Provide education or counseling to individuals and families.
Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
Diagnose and treat neural and psychological conditions in medical and surgical populations, such as patients with early dementing illness or chronic pain with a neurological basis.
Distinguish between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures, such as epilepsy surgery.
Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.
Conduct research on neuropsychological disorders.
Diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, alcohol dependency, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) dementia, and environmental toxin exposure.
Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.
Wisconsin Card Sorting Test
Visual stimulation test equipment
Skin conductance testing equipment
Respiration measurement equipment
Pocket smell tests
Personal computersAll Tools
Laser facsimile machines
Grip testing devices
Facial electromyography equipment
Computer laser printers
Block pattern sets
Auditory stimulation equipment
IBM SPSS Statistics
Automated Neuropsychological Metric Assessments Battery
Behavioral Assessment and Research System BARS
BrainMetric The Category Test
BrainTrain Captain’s Log
CogniSyst Computerized Assessment of Response Bias CARB
Conners’ Continuous Performance Test IIAll Technologies
Interactive psychological evaluation software
MicroCog Assessment of Cognitive Functioning
Noldus Information Technology The Observer
Patient electronic medical record EMR software
Psychological testing software
The Tova Company Test of Variables of Attention
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.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Teaching others how to do something.
Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Using mathematics to solve problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
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
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
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
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
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
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 and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition
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
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
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