There are currently an estimated 372,400 neurologists in the United States. The neurologist job market is expected to grow by 11.4% between 2016 and 2026.
How employable are neurologists?
CareerExplorer rates neurologists with an A- employability rating, meaning this career should provide great employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 43,400 neurologists. That number is based on 42,300 additional neurologists, and the retirement of 1,100 existing neurologists.
Are neurologists in demand?
Very positive employment prospects are predicted in the field of neurology. This is due in large part to the expected higher rate of occurrence of clinical conditions typically associated with age. As the baby boomer generation gets older and encounters increasing incidences of stroke and neuro-degenerative diseases, there will be a greater demand for neurologists. Ongoing research in the field is providing these physicians with more resources, allowing them to better help patients manage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease); multiple sclerosis; and Parkinson’s disease. As researchers continue to answer questions about what causes these and other diseases of the nervous system and why and how they progress, doctors will be able to offer more accurate treatments. These developments should result in strong job growth. A large number of practising neurologists are themselves baby boomers; therefore, significant opportunities will be created by the need to replace retirees from the profession. Skilled neurologists who complete fellowships in multiple sub-specialities will be most sought-after for promotions to senior positions. Others may pursue advancement to the closely related field of neurosurgery.
What’s the supply of neurologists?
The neurologist industry is concentrated in New York, California, Pennsylvania
Neurologist job market by state
|State Name||Employed Neurologists|
|District of Columbia||1,880|
|Virgin Islands, U.S.||100|