An EEG technician is responsible for conducting electroencephalograms (EEGs), which are tests that measure and record the electrical activity of the brain. They work with patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors, to help diagnose a variety of conditions, including seizures, brain tumors, and Alzheimer’s disease. EEG technicians must be very patient and have a strong interest in science and medicine, as they must be able to accurately record and analyze data from often-complicated tests.
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The salary of an EEG Technician can vary significantly depending on the experience and education as well as the location, facility, and type of shift worked. The median salary for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians - which includes EEG Technicians - was $60,940 in 2020 with most techs earning between $39,250 and $78,170 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entry-level cardiovascular techs or those with the lowest 10% salary earned around $30,140, while the highest 10% earned more than $96,790. Typically, EEG tech travel jobs will provide considerably higher hourly and weekly pay than permanent positions in the same location, though this varies widely by assignment and the skills and experience of each traveler.
Rhode Island pays the highest average salary to Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians - which includes EEG Technicians - according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics with an average annual wage of $85,590 and an hourly wage of $41.15. Nevada is followed by Oregon ($82,810 per year, $39.81 per hour), California ($79,490 per year, $38.22 per hour), New Jersey ($78,850 per year, $37.91 per hour), and the District of Columbia ($78,040 per year, $37.52 per hour).
Electroencephalograph Technicians - or EEG Techs - are responsible for the use of special diagnostic equipment called electroencephalograph machines. These machines can detect abnormalities or disorders in the brain by measuring and analyzing electrical activity and brain wave patterns. EEG technologists or technicians work with neurologists and other physicians to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of problems in the brain like head injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, tumors, and other diseases. An EEG might also be used to confirm brain death in someone in a persistent coma. A continuous EEG is used to help find the right level of anesthesia for someone in a medically induced coma. Sometimes the EEG data is used for medical research.
A high school diploma or GED is the minimum requirement to become an entry-level EEG technician. Training sometimes is received on the job or through in-house training programs. However, many employers seek prospective EEG techs with a certificate or associate degree in EEG or electro neurodiagnostic technology from a technical or community college.
Licensure varies from state to state. To become certified, EEG technicians must complete an exam and hold an associate degree from an accredited program. Certification is available through a few organizations:
Traveling as an allied health practitioner provides several personal and career benefits. Travel EEG tech assignments provide competitive pay packages, as they are needed in facilities all across the country. Create a Fusion Medical staffing profile and find the assignment with the ideal shift, start date, hours, and location you are looking for. Allied health agencies also may also provide insurance benefits, travel reimbursement, housing stipends, reimbursement for licenses, and other perks depending on the contract.