Neuropsychologists and Clinical Neuropsychologists
SOC: 19-3039.01

Description:

Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
16,600 employed

Projected (2024):
18,300 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 Neuropsychologist
  • Clinical Neuropsychologist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Neuropsychology Service Director
  • Pediatric Neuropsychologist
  • Professor


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    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
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • 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
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
  • Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.
  • Provide education or counseling to individuals and families.
  • Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.
  • Interview patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.
  • Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures such as epilepsy surgery.
  • Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.
  • Diagnose and treat conditions such as chemical dependency, alcohol dependency, Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) dementia, and environmental toxin exposure.
  • Distinguish between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
  • 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.
  • Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
  • Establish neurobehavioral baseline measures for monitoring progressive cerebral disease or recovery.
  • Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
  • Diagnose and treat psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
  • 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.
  • Diagnose and treat pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.
  • Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensory-motor function, language, learning, and memory.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Auditory stimulation equipment
  • Block pattern sets
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Facial electromyography equipment
  • Grip testing devices
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Pegboards
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Pocket smell tests
  • Respiration measurement equipment
  • Skin conductance testing equipment
  • Visual stimulation test equipment
  • Wisconsin Card Sorting Test
  • 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 II
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Interactive psychological evaluation software
  • MicroCog Assessment of Cognitive Functioning
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Noldus Information Technology The Observer
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • Psychological testing software
  • Scheduling software
  • SPSS software
  • Statistical software
  • The Tova Company Test of Variables of Attention
  • Web browser software


  • life physical and social science


    industry stats

    SOC: 19-0000

    Total Employed: 1,146,110

    Average Annual Salary: $71,220