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Neuropsychologists & Clinical Neuropsychologists

Also called: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Professor, Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Service Director

What they do:
Apply theories and principles of neuropsychology to diagnose and treat disorders of higher cerebral functioning.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensory-motor function, language, learning, and memory.
  • Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • psychology
  • biology
Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Dependability
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • BrainMetric The Category Test
  • The Tova Company Test of Variables of Attention
Analytical or scientific software
  • Noldus Information Technology The Observer
  • Statistical software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral/professional degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$90,020
per year, on average
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