Neurodiagnostic Technologists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Senior Technologist
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Registered Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Polysomnographic Technologist
  • Neurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Manager, Neurodiagnostic Laboratory & Epilepsy Center (Manager, Neurodiagnostic Lab & Epilepsy Center)
  • Lead Neurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist Coordinator
  • Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist
  • Electroencephalograph Technologist

What They Do

  • Participate in research projects, conferences, or technical meetings.
  • Assist in training technicians, medical students, residents or other staff members.
  • Submit reports to physicians summarizing test results.
  • Adjust equipment to optimize viewing of the nervous system.
  • Collect patients' medical information needed to customize tests.
  • Set up, program, or record montages or electrical combinations when testing peripheral nerve, spinal cord, subcortical, or cortical responses.
  • Summarize technical data to assist physicians to diagnose brain, sleep, or nervous system disorders.
  • Measure visual, auditory, or somatosensory evoked potentials (EPs) to determine responses to stimuli.
  • Calibrate, troubleshoot, or repair equipment and correct malfunctions as needed.
  • Measure patients' body parts and mark locations where electrodes are to be placed.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Preparation Required

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

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in California was $47,940 with most people making between $31,060 and $72,950

Outlook

2.57%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 10,900 people in California. It is projected that there will be 13,700 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 280 openings due to growth and about 230 replacement openings for approximately 510 total annual openings.



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