SOC: 29-1069.04


Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous system.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
347,200 employed

Projected (2024):
398,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Adult and Pediatric Neurologist
  • Adult Neurologist
  • Associate Professor of Neurology and Attending Physician
  • Attending Physician
  • Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of Neurology
  • Child Neurologist
  • Chiropractic Neurologist
  • Director of Adult Epilepsy
  • Director, Inpatient Headache Program
  • General Neurologist
  • MD
  • Medical Director of MS Treatment and Research Center
  • Neurologist
  • Neurologist and Director of Medical Research
  • Neurologist, President of the Board of Directors, Clinical Professor
  • Neurophysiologist
  • Osteopathic Neurologist
  • Pediatric Neurologist
  • Physician
  • Physician in Private Practice
  • Physician, President
  • Physician, Vice President
  • Vascular Neurologist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Participate in neuroscience research activities.
  • Provide training to medical students or staff members.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and expand competence.
  • Supervise medical technicians in the performance of neurological diagnostic or therapeutic activities.
  • Counsel patients or others on the background of neurological disorders including risk factors, or genetic or environmental concerns.
  • Interpret the results of neuroimaging studies such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans.
  • Refer patients to other health care practitioners as necessary.
  • Advise other physicians on the treatment of neurological problems.
  • Prescribe or administer medications, such as anti-epileptic drugs, and monitor patients for behavioral and cognitive side effects.
  • Prescribe or administer treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, and deep brain stimulation.
  • Prepare, maintain, or review records that include patients' histories, neurological examination findings, treatment plans, or outcomes.
  • Perform specialized treatments in areas such as sleep disorders, neuroimmunology, neuro-oncology, behavioral neurology, and neurogenetics.
  • Order or interpret results of laboratory analyses of patients' blood or cerebrospinal fluid.
  • Order supportive care services such as physical therapy, specialized nursing care, and social services.
  • Interview patients to obtain information such as complaints, symptoms, medical histories, and family histories.
  • Inform patients or families of neurological diagnoses and prognoses, or benefits, risks and costs of various treatment plans.
  • Diagnose neurological conditions based on interpretation of examination findings, histories, or test results.
  • Develop treatment plans based on diagnoses and on evaluation of factors such as age and general health, or procedural risks and costs.
  • Determine brain death using accepted tests and procedures.
  • Communicate with other health care professionals regarding patients' conditions and care.
  • Coordinate neurological services with other health care team activities.
  • Perform or interpret the outcomes of procedures or diagnostic tests such as lumbar punctures, electroencephalography, electromyography, and nerve conduction velocity tests.
  • Identify and treat major neurological system diseases and disorders such as central nervous system infection, cranio spinal trauma, dementia, and stroke.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Audio evoked potential testers
  • Audio stimulators
  • Auditory function screeners
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Automatic blood pressure cuffs
  • Babinski hammers
  • Biofeedback units
  • Cerebral oximeters
  • Computed tomography CT scanners
  • Diagnostic penlights
  • Diagnostic tuning forks
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital video cameras
  • Electroconvulsive therapy ECT units
  • Electroencephalogram EEG signal spectrum analyzers
  • Electroencephalograph EEG equipment
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Electron beam tomography EBT systems
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • Facial nerve stimulators
  • Magnetic pulse stimulators
  • Magnetic resonance imaging MRI equipment
  • Neurological hammers
  • Neuropens
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Otoscopes
  • Peripheral nerve stimulators
  • Polysomnographs
  • Queen square hammers
  • Radio frequency generators
  • Tilting tables
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulators
  • Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS equipment
  • Ultrasound imaging scanners
  • Variable two-point discriminators
  • Visual stimulators
  • Allscripts PM
  • athenahealth athenaCollector
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • CareCloud Central
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • e-MDs software
  • eClinicalWorks Practice Management
  • Email software
  • Epic Practice Management software
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • HealthFusion MediTouch software
  • IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • McKesson Practice Plus
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modernizing Medicine Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA) software
  • NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
  • Nuesoft Technologies NueMD
  • simplifyMD software
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
  • WRSHealth EMR

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800