EEG technicians use specialized equipment to monitor the brain activity of patients. These positions require a high school diploma or GED, although many employers prefer candidates who have graduated from an accredited training program. The median salary in this line of work is around $54,000 annually.
An electroencephalogram or electroencephalograph (EEG) technician uses specialized equipment that monitors brain activity to perform electroencephalographic procedures on patients. These procedures assist with diagnosing disorders of the brain. Certification and education requirements vary to enter this career. Generally, a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency is required, along with experience in a related field. Completion of an accredited training program as well as professional certification are preferred by many employers.
|Required Education||High school diploma or GED; graduation from accredited training program preferred|
|Other Requirements||Professional certification preferred|
|Projected Job Growth (2018-2028)*||17% for Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other|
|Median Salary|| $54,218 for Electroencephalogram Technicians (2016)**,
$42,920 for Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other (2018)*
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), **Salary.com
Electroencephalogram Technician Job Description
Healthcare organizations such as medical centers, hospitals and private practices employ electroencephalogram (EEG) technicians. EEG technicians assist in diagnosing patient's medical conditions of the brain, such as diseases, epilepsy and tumors. They are responsible for operating an EEG machine that records brain waves. They obtain the patient's head measurements, prepare the patient's head for the attachment of electrodes, record the patient's brain activity, observe the findings and generate written reports.
They may also be responsible for administrative and clerical duties, such as billing, maintaining patient files and patient transportation. They may also have additional duties, such as cleaning the EEG equipment and maintaining medical supplies.
A 40-hour workweek is generally expected. The technician may be required to be on call; working during the evening hours, on holidays or during the weekend is common. EEG technicians typically perform their duties under the supervision of a chief EEG technician or neurologist.
Salary Information for Electroencephalogram Technicians
In August 2019, Salary.com reported that the median salary for electroencephalogram technicians was $54,218. The salary information provided by Salary.com was compiled from employers located throughout the United States. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the median salary for health technicians and technologists, including EEG techs, as $42,920 in May, 2018.
Requirements to Become an Electroencephalogram Technician
Though employers differ in their requirements, most generally prefer prior experience and completion of an accredited program related to the field. They may also prefer certification by the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). The ABRET requires the passing of an oral and a written exam to in order to earn the EEG certificate.
Prospective EEG technicians must possess excellent communication skills. They must also have the ability to lift up to 50 lbs and be able to stand or move around frequently.
Employers prefer EEG technician candidates with experience, or those who have completed an accredited program. Certification is voluntary, but preferred by many employers. The job growth outlook for these technicians is much faster than the market.