A Neurophysiologist earns an average salary of $72,550 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.
Job Description for Neurophysiologist
Neurophysiologists are physicians whose work focuses on the functional assessment of the central nervous system, and they work primarily in health care environments, including hospitals, neurological centers, and private practice.Read More...
Neurophysiologists generally work in indoor environments during traditional business hours, although those who work in hospitals and/or “on-call” positions may work irregular hours. This position requires completion of medical school, attaining a medical license, and a completed residency in neurology, and applicants should also be board-certified in neurology before beginning clinical fellowships; the fellowship program of neurology covers diagnostic techniques involving visual, auditory, and somatosensory potentials, as well as electromyography and electroencephalography. Clinical neurophysiologists are also certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology after a one-year fellowship and certification exam are completed. Participating in ongoing education may also be required by some employers.
Neurophysiologists often specialize in particular areas, such as strokes, sleep disorders, neuromuscular diseases, or epilepsy. Common responsibilities include: recognizing and analyzing patients’ responses to potentials within peripheral nerves and the brain; preparing patients for monitoring; maintaining proper recording conditions to ensure accurate data; evaluating recorded data; operating neurophysiological equipment, maintaining current and accurate knowledge regarding emerging technologies and approaches to the job; and maintaining the quality and safety of all patients and equipment.
Applicants for the position should have excellent analytical and evaluative skills and the ability to work well on teams with other health care professionals.