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Learn More about a Career in Neurology

Job Description

Neurologists are physician specialists who treat diseases affecting the nervous system.  A neurologist’s typical duties include examining a patient, performing neurological diagnostic tests, and diagnosing and treating neurological disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy ALS, Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, and more. 

In general, physicians have many years of medical training that include medical school, clinical residency, and fellowship training. When doctors specialize in a particular field, like neurology, additional training is necessary. 

Neurologists can choose between working with patients in a medical office or hospital setting, or working as researchers.

Neurologist Job Salaries

As of June 2020, lists the median annual salary of a neurologist at $257,300. Some neurologists make more or less, depending on their years of experience on the job, the amount of training under their best, and the geographical location of the job.

For Instances

  • MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, is looking for a neurology hospitalist. MountainView Hospital is a 400-plus bed acute care teaching hospital. The opportunity is a seven days on, seven days off position.
  • Ochsner Health in Baton Rouge, LA, is seeking a Section Head for its Department of Neurology. This advanced position is for seasoned neurologists. Ochsner Health is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic health system comprising 40 affiliated and specialty hospitals and over 100 urgent care and health centers. 
  • MPOWERHealth is often hiring for neurologists jobs in Phoenix, AZ. Neurologists in these roles work with other physicians and their patients to monitor brain and/or spinal health, perform surgeries and procedures, and improve patient outcomes.
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Training and Requirements

According to the American Academy of Neurology, you must first obtain a four-year college degree related to the medical field. Neurology training includes medical school followed by a one-year residency training in internal medicine and a minimum of three years in residency training in neurology. 

Candidates who wish to become pediatric neurologists must have two years of residency training in pediatrics in place of the internal medicine residency. 

Additional training is available for sub-specialties when meeting fellowship requirements. One to two years of fellowship is recommended once a neurologist passes his or her written examination, administered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. 

After having received the required training and passed all boards and licensure to practice, neurologists can work in private practice, as part of a neurology or multi-specialty group, with a university, or as part of a hospital staff.