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Job Outlook Report: Neurology

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At HealthCareerCenter.com, we don’t just bring you the latest, most sought-after career opportunities. We also bring you the information you need to make smart and informed career decisions.

Today, we’re focusing on neurology. If you’re interested in becoming a neurology specialist, you’re probably well aware that it’s a challenging field with a steep learning curve. But beyond that, there are many things about the profession that you may not know, like the employment landscape and how future demand is shaping up.

Below is a quick summary of what you’ll need to know to begin your neurology career, with insight from our own experts and the respected hiring professionals of CVTips and Rosman Search. If you’d like to keep reading, there’s a lot more information where this came from at HealthCareerCenter.com.

 

Neurology job outlook: Strong

American hospitals are having an extremely hard time filling neurology positions at the moment. For small or solo neurology practices, it’s even worse—many are taking six to 12 months to fill open neurologist positions, if they’re able to fill them at all. However, their loss can be your gain: this shortage of talent will drive high demand for neurologists over the next several years.

Part of the reason for this continued growth in demand lies in the aging population’s need for neurology-related services. Neurologic problems become more prevalent as people get older, with many seniors experiencing conditions such as neuropathy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, just to name a few. As the average baby boomer passes the age of 65, demand for professionals who can treat these diseases will continue to rise.

By how much will demand outstrip supply? Well, in 2015, there were 16,000 certified neurologists in the U.S. That amounts to just one per every 18,000 people in America. But according to The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), that could increase to one per every 21,000 in the next three years.

 

How do you break into the neurology field?

Let’s assume you’ve already obtained your undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, physics or pre-med. Your next step is taking the MCAT and applying to medical schools, where you’ll need to obtain a medical degree and complete an internship.

Once your internship is over, it’ll be time to apply for and complete a residency program, followed by a neurology fellowship program. This can take over 10 years, but the payoff is worth it: once you earn your certification and start practicing, you’ll earn an average salary of $236,000 (or, if you specialize in neurosurgery, $500,000 per year or more.)

 

Anything else you need to know?

It goes without saying that you’ll need above-average intelligence to be a neurologist or neurosurgeon. However, two often-overlooked traits of successful neurology specialists are physical and mental stamina. This is especially true for neurosurgeons, whose procedures can last 10 hours or longer.

Also keep in mind that, unless you work for a large health system with multiple neurologists on call, you must be constantly prepared to perform life-saving work at a moment’s notice. This “always on” mindset requires an especially dedicated attitude and stable disposition.

Neurology is a challenging field, but one with an extremely bright outlook over the next several years. Visit HealthCareerCenter.com today, and find out how we can help you take advantage of all the incredible opportunities in store.