Summary Report for:
19-3039.03 - Clinical Neuropsychologists
Assess and diagnose patients with neurobehavioral problems related to acquired or developmental disorders of the nervous system, such as neurodegenerative disorders, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, and learning disabilities. Recommend treatment after diagnosis, such as therapy, medication, or surgery. Assist with evaluation before and after neurosurgical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation.
Sample of reported job titles: Aviation Neuropsychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychology Medical Consultant, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Staff Psychologist
This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.
- Compare patients' progress before and after pharmacologic, surgical, or behavioral interventions.
- Conduct neuropsychological evaluations such as assessments of intelligence, academic ability, attention, concentration, sensorimotor function, language, learning, and memory.
- Consult with other professionals about patients' neurological conditions.
- Design or implement rehabilitation plans for patients with cognitive dysfunction.
- 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 neural and psychological conditions in medical and surgical populations, such as patients with early dementing illness or chronic pain with a neurological basis.
- Diagnose and treat pediatric populations for conditions such as learning disabilities with developmental or organic bases.
- Diagnose and treat psychiatric populations for conditions such as somatoform disorder, dementias, and psychoses.
- Distinguish between psychogenic and neurogenic syndromes, two or more suspected etiologies of cerebral dysfunction, or between disorders involving complex seizures.
- Educate and supervise practicum students, psychology interns, or hospital staff.
- Establish neurobehavioral baseline measures for monitoring progressive cerebral disease or recovery.
- Identify and communicate risks associated with specific neurological surgical procedures, such as epilepsy surgery.
- Interview patients to obtain comprehensive medical histories.
- Participate in educational programs, in-service training, or workshops to remain current in methods and techniques.
- Provide education or counseling to individuals and families.
- Provide psychotherapy, behavior therapy, or other counseling interventions to patients with neurological disorders.
- Read current literature, talk with colleagues, and participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in neuropsychology.
- Write or prepare detailed clinical neuropsychological reports, using data from psychological or neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct observations, or interviews.
- Analytical or scientific software — IBM SPSS Statistics ; Noldus Information Technology The Observer; Statistical software
- Calendar and scheduling software — Scheduling software
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Medical software — BrainTrain Captain's Log; Patient electronic medical record EMR software; Psychological testing software; The Tova Company Test of Variables of Attention (see all 11 examples)
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Cognitive or dexterity or perceptual or sensory evaluation or testing products — Auditory stimulation equipment; Block pattern sets; Visual stimulation test equipment; Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (see all 6 examples)
- Desktop computers
- Electromyography EMG units — Facial electromyography equipment
- Galvanic or faradic stimulators — Skin conductance testing equipment
- Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Personal computers
- Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
- Respiratory monitoring kits — Respiration measurement equipment
- Therapeutic pegboards or activity boards — Pegboards
Detailed Work Activities
- Diagnose neural or psychological disorders.
- Attend conferences or workshops to maintain professional knowledge.
- Counsel clients on mental health or personal achievement.
- Administer standardized physical or psychological tests.
- Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
- Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
- Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress.
- Design psychological or educational treatment procedures or programs.
- Direct medical science or healthcare programs.
- Establish standards for medical care.
- Evaluate treatment options to guide medical decisions.
- Instruct college students in social sciences or humanities disciplines.
- Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
- Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
- Review professional literature to maintain professional knowledge.
|Title||Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed|
|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).|
|Related 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.|
|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.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include pharmacists, lawyers, astronomers, biologists, clergy, neurologists, and veterinarians.|
|SVP Range||(8.0 and above)|
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wage data for Psychologists, All Other.
Employment data for Psychologists, All Other.
Industry data for Psychologists, All Other.
|Median wages (2020)||$50.86 hourly, $105,780 annual|
|Employment (2020)||55,200 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Slower than average (1% to 5%)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||3,700|
|Top industries (2020)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
- American Board of Professional Psychology
- American Epilepsy Society
- American Psychological Association
- Association for Psychological Science
- International Neuropsychological Society
- National Academy of Neuropsychology
- National Association of School Psychologists
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Psychologists
- Society for Clinical Neuropsychology
- Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology