What does a Neurologist do?

Neurologists are physicians specialized in the treatment of disorders of the nervous system. This includes conditions like strokes, migraines, multiple sclerosis, dementia, or spinal cord disorders. They may work in hospitals or universities, treating patients or conducting research. In a clinical setting, neurologists examine patients, perform or order diagnostic tests, and develop and manage treatment plans.

To become a neurologist, extensive training and education is required. Neurologists usually have a doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathy degree (DO), and they need to have completed clinical residency training in neurology. All neurologists must be licensed in the state they practice in.

What responsibilities are common for Neurologist jobs?
  • Perform physical and neurological examination of patients who are suffering from neurological disorders
  • Order diagnostic tests such as blood tests, spinal fluid tests, and imaging tests such as MRIs
  • Diagnose conditions and disorders based on physical and cognitive exams, and test results
  • Develop treatment plans, and manage and adapt treatment of patients depending on progress
  • Communicate with nurses and other medical staff to ensure patients receive best possible care
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends in area of expertise
  • Communicate treatment plans and home care instructions to patients
What are the typical qualifications for Neurologist jobs?
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) required
  • Must have completed residency training
  • Must have current valid license in the state of practice
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to empathize with others
  • Must possess high level of self-confidence and be able to direct others
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Must have stamina and ability to remain calm under pressure
EducationGraduate Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Neurologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$120,124 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $120K
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Neurologist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7
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Read what Neurologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Classical Charter SchoolsClassical Charter Schools
Multiple Positions
Feb 13, 2021

“the pay is good but unfortunately is what keeps unhappy people working here for longer than they want.”

SeaTac Lighting & ControlsSeaTac Lighting & Controls
Multiple Positions
Nov 14, 2020

“Owner can be rude or great to work with depending on current mood.”

Houston MethodistHouston Methodist
Nov 4, 2021

“Dr. Britz is the best surgeon ever and boss too.”

Senior Neurophysiologist
Apr 22, 2022

“Good communication and well organized.”

Stop & ShopStop & Shop
Multiple Positions
Apr 13, 2021

“Union Job so job security is amazing!”

May 17, 2022

“Money was very good if you liked to give up your life”

Northpointe BankNorthpointe Bank
Multiple Positions
Apr 12, 2021

“great people to work with”

HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare
Aug 1, 2022

“Great team to work with”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Neurologist

When working as a Neurologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are EEG, Traditional, BRAIN Tumor, English and H1b.

The most similar professions to Neurologist are:
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Internal Medicine Physician
  • Surgeon
  • Physician

The most common qualifications to become a Neurologist is a minimum of a Graduate Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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