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Neuropsychologists & Clinical Neuropsychologists

Also called: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Director, Pediatric Neuropsychologist

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

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Health
  • therapy and counseling
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
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
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • read and understand what is written
  • communicate by speaking
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
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

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

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
  • SPSS Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$95,710
per year, on average
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