ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPH (EEG) TECHNOLOGISTS use instruments, such as an EEG machine, to record electrical impulses transmitted by the brain and the nervous system. They help physicians diagnose brain tumors, strokes, toxic/metabolic disorders, epilepsy, and sleep disorders. EEG technologists must be able to recognize changes in the patient's neurological, cardiac, and respiratory status which may indicate an emergency. They coordinate readings from several organ systems, and relay them to the physician. EEG technologists write technical reports summarizing test results.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $45,500 average per year ($22.00 per hour)
- A large occupation (164,400 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.2% per year)
Most EEG TECHNOLOGISTS learn their skills on the job; however, some hospitals require applicants for trainee positions to have post-secondary training while others require a high school diploma. Formal post-secondary training is offered in hospitals and community colleges. The programs last from one to two years, and graduates receive associate degrees or certificates. Recommended high school and college subjects for prospective technologists include health, biology, anatomy, and mathematics. The American Board of Registration of EEG and Evoked Potential Technologists offers certification.