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Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist

   

Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technologists are trained professionals that specialize in studying and recording the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system. They use electroencephalograph (EEG) machines, evoked potential (EP), polysomnography (PSG), and other high-tech equipment to record these measurements taken from the central nervous system. END technologists often work in collaboration with other health professionals, such as the electroencephalographer. They perform tasks such as obtaining and reviewing medical histories, attaching electrodes to a patient’s scalp and body, observing and documenting a patient’s clinical condition, and communicating with friends, family, and other health care personnel. They may also be called upon to assist the neurologists by producing graphs that can help in detecting and diagnosing diseases such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease. END technologists must also be prepared to manage any emergency situation that may arise in the laboratory. Another important function of these technologists is to prepare detailed written reports for the electroencephalographer or acting physician. Some electroneurodiagnostic technologists may act as managers and supervisors. Anyone interested in electroneurodiagnostic technology should work well with others, enjoy working with computers and other high-tech equipment, and be able to understand and analyze complicated visual material.


Work Environment:

The majority of END technologists work in neurology departments in hospitals. Other places of employment include private neurologist’s offices, neurology laboratories, colleges and universities, large medical centers, psychiatric facilities, and other mental health care facilities.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in electroneurodiagnostic technology should take high school courses in algebra, chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, English, health occupations/medical professions education, statistics, geometry, and computer skills.


College Requirements:

Students entering an END technology program should have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some facilities provide on-the-job training, but the majority of employers prefer applicants with an associate’s degree from an accredited program. These programs are typically taught at community colleges and last between one and two years. The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) awards the credentials of Registered EEG Technologist and Registered Evoked Potential Technologist.         

Students interested in END technology should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

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Career Outlook:

 

Employment opportunities for electroneurodiagnostic technologists are expected to grow faster than the average for all other occupations. The US Department of Labor predicts an increase of 21% - 35% over the next ten years. The rapidly growing older population will be one reason for this growth, since older people tend to have more central nervous system problems associated with stokes and Alzheimer’s disease. Technology will also help spur demand in this sector because newly trained individuals will be needed to operate the latest high-tech equipment. Due to the small size of the profession, few openings will result from need to replace individuals who retire or leave the labor force for some other reason.
 

 

Salary:

 

Average Annual Salary

$41,600

 

Salary Range

$29,300-$50,400

 

Professional Organizations:

 

American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists

426 W. 42nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111

Phone: (816) 931-1120
Fax (816) 931-1145

www.aset.org

 

American Association of Electroneurodiagnostic Technology

421 1st Ave. SW,

Suite 300 East

Rochester, MN 55902

Phone: (507) 288-0100

Fax: (507) 288-1225

www.aaem.net

 

American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists

1904 Croydon Dr.
Springfield, IL 62703
Phone: (217) 553-3758

Fax: (217) 585-6663  

www.abret.org

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