Neurodiagnostic Technologists
SOC: 29-2099.01

Description:

Conduct electroneurodiagnostic (END) tests such as electroencephalograms, evoked potentials, polysomnograms, or electronystagmograms. May perform nerve conduction studies.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
102,200 employed

Projected (2024):
125,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Neurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Clinical Supervisor, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Electroencephalograph Technician
  • Electroencephalograph Technologist
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist Coordinator
  • Electrophysiology Technologist
  • Lead Neurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Manager, Neurodiagnostic Laboratory & Epilepsy Center (Manager, Neurodiagnostic Lab & Epilepsy Center)
  • Neurodiagnostic Technician
  • Neurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Polysomnography Technician
  • Polysomnography Technologist
  • Registered Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Senior Technologist


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Attach electrodes to patients using adhesives.
  • Summarize technical data to assist physicians to diagnose brain, sleep, or nervous system disorders.
  • Conduct tests or studies such as electroencephalography (EEG), polysomnography (PSG), nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG), and intraoperative monitoring (IOM).
  • Calibrate, troubleshoot, or repair equipment and correct malfunctions as needed.
  • Conduct tests to determine cerebral death, the absence of brain activity, or the probability of recovery from a coma.
  • Measure visual, auditory, or somatosensory evoked potentials (EPs) to determine responses to stimuli.
  • Indicate artifacts or interferences derived from sources outside of the brain, such as poor electrode contact or patient movement, on electroneurodiagnostic recordings.
  • Measure patients' body parts and mark locations where electrodes are to be placed.
  • Monitor patients during tests or surgeries, using electroencephalographs (EEG), evoked potential (EP) instruments, or video recording equipment.
  • Set up, program, or record montages or electrical combinations when testing peripheral nerve, spinal cord, subcortical, or cortical responses.
  • Adjust equipment to optimize viewing of the nervous system.
  • Collect patients' medical information needed to customize tests.
  • Submit reports to physicians summarizing test results.
  • Assist in training technicians, medical students, residents or other staff members.
  • Explain testing procedures to patients, answering questions or reassuring patients as needed.
  • Participate in research projects, conferences, or technical meetings.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air dryers
  • Computer monitors
  • Corkscrew needle electrodes
  • Depth electrodes
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential amplifiers
  • Disposable foam pad electrodes
  • Electrode input panels
  • Electroencephalography EEG amplifiers
  • Electroencephalography EEG equipment
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Epidural electrodes
  • Evoked potential measuring systems
  • Eye charts
  • Goggles
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Laptop computers
  • Medical measuring tapes
  • Neurophysiologic interoperative monitoring systems
  • Otoscopes
  • Portable electroencephalographs
  • Protective medical gloves
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound units
  • Signal generators
  • Sphenoidal electrodes
  • Subdermal needle electrodes
  • Subdural grid electrodes
  • Subdural strip electrodes
  • Surface disk electrodes
  • Video recorders
  • Wireless encephalographs
  • BESA EEGFocus
  • Cadwell Laboratories Easy
  • Database software
  • EEG Portaview
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Natus Neuroworks software
  • Neurofax SpikeDetector
  • Neurotronics Polysmith
  • Scheduling software
  • Sleep analysis software
  • Web browser software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800