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Occupational Profile ISU

ISU for Careers - Neurologist

shany l.

on 7 June 2011

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Neurologist What do they do? Skills My Plan... Barriers Work in hospitals or privately-owned businesses
Treat patients with brain, spinal cord, nerve & muscle problems
Conduct research in labs & interpret medical results NOC #: 3111 Full-time, 5 day, 40-50 hours/week
Evening & weekend shifts
On-call BUT... Make an average of $339 000/year with benefits
Can make more than $600 000/year! Requires around 8-10 years of post-secondary education Grade 11 U/M courses needed...
Physics Grade 12 U/M courses needed...
Advanced Functions
Calculus & Vectors
Physics Post-Secondary undergrad at University of Waterloo
Program: Life Science; 4-5 years to gain B.A.
Average of around 80% required to apply Grad at University of McGill
4-5 years to gain M.D.
Must take MCAT to gain admission & RCPSC exam once completed program
5-6 year residency at hospital after graduating needed Finances - incredibly expensive, may have to take a loan, find summer job or try to get scholarship
Length & difficulty of studies - very long & hard; may become lazy at some point; marks may drop. Must stay focused & motivated; keep future in mind
Distance - both universities are far from my current home, family & friends. Will have to rent apartment or live in dorm; will also miss them but can always come back and visit Related Jobs: psychiatrist & psychologist
Both study the brain & try to help with mental disorders Need:
• Diagnose (problem-solving skill) – determine the cause of the problem
• Provide care (helping skill) – tend to the physical needs of others
• Research/investigate (problem-solving skill) – gather info to establish certain facts Possess:
• Observe (organizational skill) – notice details that others may not; useful when looking at MRIs
• Efficient (personal management skill) – effectively reduces time needed to complete something; useful when there are many patients waiting Additional Relevant:
•Counsel (helping skill) – help people understand their problems & explore options to overcome them
•Explain (communication skill) – telling people things clearly; easily understood; useful when explaining what the problem is to the patient
•Analyze (problem-solving skill) – break up problem into small parts & try to solve it Who Am I? Personal style - Idealist;
• Strive to continually improve self-knowledge, experience & wisdom. Will constantly be learning new things with job like this (i.e. about the brain, nervous system or patient themselves)
• Blue/green & intra-personal personality; drawn to working with others & like helping guide them in life. Job like this would involve closely working with people and trying to improve their quality of living. Top career interest fell under "math/science" category Values & beliefs;
• Will allow me to be independent, working side-by-side with only a few other doctors
• Involves creativity in trying to find different ways to help patients, depending on their needs
• Will enjoy this career greatly, as I love everything related to science and the study of behaviour & the mind • Specialist physicians are currently the most top-paid in the world
• Many healthcare opportunities; high demand due to many neurologists retiring
• Also due to technologically advanced equipment – more people are needed to put them to use & help cure possible patients
• 2008 to 2018: growth of around 22% for the employment opportunities of physicians and surgeons
• Shows that when I am going to graduate university, there will hopefully be many available jobs for me & I will therefore be able to get one quickly. Future Employment Prospects... Trends that will affect employment... • Currently no trends; hopefully there won’t be any in the near future either
• Neurologists are in high demand due to lack of doctors and many patients; not many people will want to pursue a career like this due to length of studies. However, if one day many more people were to want a job like this, I would have a lot of job competition on my hands.
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