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Description
Neurologists diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and disorders of the nervous
system. They interview and examine patients to obtain information about symptoms,
medical history, coordination, cognitive abilites, and mental status, then perform tests such
as lumbar punctures, nerve conduction, and electroencephalography. Neurologists also
interpret and analyze the results in order to form a diagnosis.
Sample Job Titles: Adult Pediatric Neurologist, Director of Adult Epilepsy, Inpatient
Headache Program

Provincial Outlook

Estimated Salary

$60,888 - $426,676
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Education Level
Secondary School
On-the-job Training
College/Apprenticeship

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Compatibility

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Workplace

Work Environment
Many neurologists work in private offices or clinics, often with a small staff of nurses and
administrative personnel. Some practice independently or with a small group of other
doctors.
Increasingly, neurologists are working in group practices, healthcare organizations, or
hospitals, where they share a large number of patients with other doctors. The group
setting allows them more time off and lets them coordinate care for their patients, but it
gives them less independence than solo practitioners have.

Main Duties

Communicate with other health care professionals regarding patients' conditions and

care.
Order or interpret results of laboratory analyses of patients' blood or cerebrospinal
fluid.
Perform or interpret the outcomes of procedures or diagnostic tests such as lumbar
punctures, electroencephalography, electromyography, and nerve conduction velocity
tests.
Examine patients to obtain information about functional status of areas such as
vision, physical strength, coordination, reflexes, sensations, language skills, cognitive
abilities, and mental status.
Inform patients or families of neurological diagnoses and prognoses, or benefits, risks
and costs of various treatment plans.
Develop treatment plans based on diagnoses and on evaluation of factors such as age
and general health, or procedural risks and costs.
Identify and treat major neurological system diseases and disorders such as central
nervous system infection, cranio spinal trauma, dementia, and stroke.
Prescribe or administer medications, such as anti-epileptic drugs, and monitor
patients for behavioral and cognitive side effects.
Counsel patients or others on the background of neurological disorders including risk
factors, or genetic or environmental concerns.
Refer patients to other health care practitioners as necessary.

Important Skills

Communication skills. Neurologists need to be excellent communicators. They must


be able to communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support
staff.
Compassion. Neurologists deal with patients who are sick or injured and may be in
extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must be able to treat patients and
their families with compassion and understanding.
Detail oriented. Neurologists must ensure that patients are receiving appropriate

treatment and medications. They must also monitor and record various pieces of
information related to patient care.
Dexterity. Neurologists must be good at working with their hands. They work with very
precise and sometimes sharp tools, and mistakes can have serious consequences.
Leadership skills.Neurologists who work in their own practice need to be effective
leaders. They must be able to manage a staff of other professionals to run their
practice.
Organizational skills. Some neurologists own their own practice. Strong Organizational
skills, including good recordkeeping, are critical in both medical and business settings.
Patience. Physicians and surgeons may work for long periods with patients who need
special attention. Children and adult patients who fear medical treatment may require
more Patience.
Physical stamina. Physicians and surgeons should be comfortable performing
Physical tasks, such as lifting or turning disabled patients. surgeons may spend a
great deal of time bending over patients during surgery.
Problem-solving skills. Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients symptoms
and administer the appropriate treatments. They often need to do this quickly in order
to save a patients life.

Career Cluster

This cluster involves the science of dealing with human and


animal health. planning and managing, and providing
therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics,
support services, research in biology and biotechnology and

Health Science

the development of these and related services. It involves the


study and research of health related topics and the
application of knowledge to improve health and prevent
disease.

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Job Outlook

Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories

Not Available

Nunavut

Not Available

Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon

Job Outlook based on NOC 3111 (Specialist physicians)

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Salary Ranges

Canada

$46,252 - $376,461

Alberta

$60,888 - $426,676

British Columbia

$49,944 - $334,897

Manitoba

$45,398 - $371,862

New Brunswick

$47,621 - $354,275

Newfoundland and Labrador

$49,704 - $598,690

Nova Scotia

$36,870 - $250,710

Northwest Territories

Not Available

Nunavut

Not Available

Ontario

$44,838 - $360,015

Prince Edward Island

$200,234 - $319,418

Quebec

$42,902 - $409,323

Saskatchewan

$45,027 - $300,642

Yukon

Not Available

Salary Ranges are based on hourly rates for NOC 3111 (Specialist physicians) and an estimated 2086 hours per year

View Regional Data

Employment Growth

2012

122,890

2013

126,961

2014

130,700

2015

134,463

2016

138,050

2017

141,317

2018

144,635

2019

148,061

2020

151,191

2021

154,499

2022

157,945

Employment Growth based on Stats Canada Occupation Group 311

Requirements

Education Level

Secondary School

On-the-job Training

College/Apprenticeship

University

Requirements

A bachelor of science degree is required.


Graduation from an approved medical school and specific specialty training are
required.
Completion of the certifying examinations of the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Canada
Licensing by the provincial or territorial licensing authority are required.
Four to five years of specialty residency training are required.
Two years of subspecialty training may also be required.

Subject Areas

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Compatibility
Communicate with other health care professionals regarding patients'
conditions and care.
Order or interpret results of laboratory analyses of patients' blood or
cerebrospinal fluid.

Definitely

Somewhat

Perform or interpret the outcomes of procedures or diagnostic tests such as


lumbar punctures, electroencephalography, electromyography, and nerve
conduction velocity tests.

Definitely

Examine patients to obtain information about functional status of areas such as


vision, physical strength, coordination, reflexes, sensations, language skills,
cognitive abilities, and mental status.

Definitely

Inform patients or families of neurological diagnoses and prognoses, or


benefits, risks and costs of various treatment plans.

Definitely

Develop treatment plans based on diagnoses and on evaluation of factors such


as age and general health, or procedural risks and costs.

Definitely

Identify and treat major neurological system diseases and disorders such as
central nervous system infection, cranio spinal trauma, dementia, and stroke.

Definitely

Prescribe or administer medications, such as anti-epileptic drugs, and monitor


patients for behavioral and cognitive side effects.

Definitely

Counsel patients or others on the background of neurological disorders


including risk factors, or genetic or environmental concerns.

Definitely

Refer patients to other health care practitioners as necessary.

Definitely

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Helpful Links
Ontario:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
www.cpso.on.ca
British Columbia:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
www.cpsbc.ca
Alberta:
College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
www.cpsa.ab.ca
Saskatchewan:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
www.quadrant.net/cpss
Prince Edward Island:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island
www.cpspei.ca
New Brunswick:
College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
www.cpsnb.org

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