Preparing for a Career in Neurology While in School
If you’re a high school or university student and you want to become a neurologist, it’s best to start planning as soon as you can. Below are some things you can do to work towards your future career as a neurologist while you are still a student.
First and second year of undergraduate studies (freshman and sophomore years):
• Pursue chemistry, biology, physics and organic chemistry coursework
• Speak to your school’s career advisors about your career ambitions
• Join a medicine-related student organization
• Speak with your doctor about your career ambitions
• Consider job shadowing and /or volunteer experience
• Attend career fairs at your school
Third year (junior year):
• Research possible medical schools
• Complete medical prerequisite requirements by end of 2nd semester
• Make preparations for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
• Apply for admission at least a year in advance
• Gather letters of evaluation and recommendation from faculty and others
Final year (senior year):
• Participate in “mock” interview practice with Career Services staff before medical school admissions interviews
• Research sources of financial aid, and complete necessary forms
• Send thank you notes to evaluators, advisors and mentors
Neurologist Salary: How Much Do Neurologists Earn?
The salary level of neurologists can vary greatly depending on many factors, such as their level of experience, their level of education, the facility or organization they work for, whether or not they work within a private or public healthcare system, and many others.
Neurologist Salary Canada: According to Service Canada, workers in the Specialist Physicians occupational group earn an average annual salary of $172,485 per year.
Neurologist Salary United States: According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, salaries of workers in the Physicians and Surgeons occupational group are among the highest amounts of all occupations. The median salary of doctors who practice in medical specialties have a median annual salary of $356,885 (2010 figures).
Work Environment for Neurologists
Hospital/Clinic Setting: Neurologists that work in a hospital or clinic setting provide care, advice, treatment and support to patients. They need to have an empathetic, caring and helpful approach to their work activities. The work schedule of these neurologists can vary greatly.
Laboratory: Neurologists that work in laboratories, typically spend the majority of their time conducting, documenting and analyzing research. Working in a laboratory may involve working with hazardous organic materials and inorganic chemicals, as well as specialized equipment. These neurologists typically work during normal weekday hours.
Classroom: Neurologists that work in a classroom setting typically conduct lectures, grade papers and advise students. They have working hours that can fluctuate from very few hours a week to a very heavy workload. They may work normal weekday working hours with extra hours put in for preparing lesson plans, grading papers and performing other duties during evenings and weekends. Some neurologists that teach in universities and colleges may teach classes exclusively, or they may be involved in research as well.
Careers Similar to Neurologist
Listed below are careers in our database that are similar in nature to Neurologist, as they may involve many of the same skills, competencies and responsibilities.
• Medical Scientist
• Osteopathic Physician
References: How to Become a Neurologist
Please use the references below to find more information on the various aspects of a career as a neurologist in Canada as well as in the United States.
Alberta Learning and Information Service website: alis.alberta.ca
American Academy of Neurology website: www.aan.com
Science Buddies website: www.sciencebuddies.org
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics website: www.bls.gov
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Neuroscience across Science
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