By: Tori Weaver

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Why do I want to be a Neurologist?

I find the nervous system to be very interesting and something that I wouldn't get bored with if I made a career out of it. I like learning about different diseases that are linked to the nervous system, what they do to your body and how they are treated. I would love to be able to treat diseases and learn more about the nervous system and how it works.
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What type of education is required?

  • 4 years of pre-medical eductaion
  • 4 years of medical school (M.D)
  • One year internship in either internal medicine or medicine/surgery
  • 3 years of specialty training in an accredited neurology residency program.

What is the average cost for college tuition?


Which colleges?

  • UNC Chapel Hill (#8)
  • Duke School of Medicine (#24)
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine (#50)

Average Salary & Employment Outlook

$184,076 - $247,293 per year

The employment of physicians and surgeons is expected to grow by 18% between 2012 and 2022.

Job Duties

  • Examine patients
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Participate in clinical studies and other research
  • Diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the nervous system


  • A neurologist could diagnose a patients sleep disorder using brain waves.
  • Can use reflex exams to see if a persons nervous system has been damaged.
  • Can use a child's brain wave data to determine if their seizures are from epilepsy or another disorder.

What surprised me?

The amount of college and training that it requires.

Would I still choose this career and does it go along with my personal interest?

I would still choose this career because I think it would be worth it and yes it goes along with my personal interest.