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Neurologists - 29-1217.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Diagnose, manage, and treat disorders and diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, with a primarily nonsurgical focus.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Adult and Pediatric Neurologist
  • Adult Neurologist
  • General Neurologist
  • Neurologist
  • Pediatric Neurologist
  • Physician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Advise other physicians on the treatment of neurological problems.
  • Communicate with other health care professionals regarding patients' conditions and care.
  • Coordinate neurological services with other health care team activities.
  • Counsel patients or others on the background of neurological disorders including risk factors, or genetic or environmental concerns.
  • Determine brain death using accepted tests and procedures.
  • Develop treatment plans based on diagnoses and on evaluation of factors, such as age and general health, or procedural risks and costs.
  • Diagnose neurological conditions based on interpretation of examination findings, histories, or test results.
  • 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.
  • Identify and treat major neurological system diseases and disorders, such as central nervous system infection, cranio spinal trauma, dementia, and stroke.
  • Inform patients or families of neurological diagnoses and prognoses, or benefits, risks and costs of various treatment plans.
  • Interpret the results of neuroimaging studies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans.
  • Interview patients to obtain information, such as complaints, symptoms, medical histories, and family histories.
  • Order or interpret results of laboratory analyses of patients' blood or cerebrospinal fluid.
  • Order supportive care services, such as physical therapy, specialized nursing care, and social services.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and expand competence.
  • Participate in neuroscience research activities.
  • Perform or interpret the outcomes of procedures or diagnostic tests, such as lumbar punctures, electroencephalography, electromyography, and nerve conduction velocity tests.
  • Perform specialized treatments in areas such as sleep disorders, neuroimmunology, neuro-oncology, behavioral neurology, and neurogenetics.
  • Prepare, maintain, or review records that include patients' histories, neurological examination findings, treatment plans, or outcomes.
  • Prescribe or administer medications, such as anti-epileptic drugs, and monitor patients for behavioral and cognitive side effects.
  • Prescribe or administer treatments, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation, and deep brain stimulation.
  • Provide training to medical students or staff members.
  • Refer patients to other health care practitioners as necessary.
  • Supervise medical technicians in the performance of neurological diagnostic or therapeutic activities.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Advise medical personnel regarding healthcare issues.
  • Advise patients on effects of health conditions or treatments.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Develop medical treatment plans.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Test patient nervous system functioning.
  • Train medical providers.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Child Neurologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Neurologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Neurologist (Space Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist, Sleep Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist, Sleep Medicine (Space Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurosurgeon (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurosurgeon (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Addictions Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Neuropsychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Psychosomatic Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Neurologist