Working Conditions

Hours, Dress, and Hazards

Neurologists will wear scrubs to work.

Psychiatrists tend to dress professionally, yet casually. They can choose whether to wear a white coat or not, however most tend not to, and a study done in Upstate NY revealed that 96% of patients preferred that their psychiatrist not wear a white coat.

Neuroscientists typically begin their day at 7 00 AM, whether seeing patients or teaching residency students. They can get off at any time in the evening, generally around 6 00. Even once their workday is over, they will be on the phone will workers back at the hospital, making sure everything is running smoothly when they are not there. Most are employed full time, working a 40-50 hour, 5 day workweek yet it is not uncommon to put in an over 60 hour workweek, especially for those new to the business. Neuroscientists who work in hospitals will work evening and weekend shifts, and be constantly on call. Psychiatrists tend to work a 40 hour work week. 

These are both very stressful jobs, as you are responsible for the welfare of so many, and working long hours. Those who work for the military or those who are on constant call also face a great deal of stress. Army Psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan was charged with 12 cases of premeditated murder, in addition to 32 planned murders, following a shooting spree in Fort Hood last November. He pleaded insanity and claimed that his patients own narratives pushed him to do it. Though this is an extreme and highly unusual case, it is a good reminder of the long hours and stress these careers involve. 

Neuroscientists tend to work on University Campuses, in Hospitals, or in Research Labs. Psychiatrists tend to work in Hospitals or in private offices in medical complexes.