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EEG TECHNOLOGIST: Analyzing The Brain's Electrical Activity

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The typical day of a certified EEG Technologist involves analyzing data sets and writing reports. Never heard of this profession? Watch and learn what it's all about!

Degree: Computational Science
Job Title: EEG Technologist
Employer: Brain Science International

Job Summary: EEG Technologist

Job Description

EEG techs, or electroencephalogram technicians, take readings of the brain or central nervous system. Neurologists then use these readings to discern neurological conditions or perform neuropsychological research.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

There are no licensure requirements for EEG technicians; however, they can become voluntarily registered through the American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET). Applicants must complete an exam and hold an associate degree from an accredited program or have three years experience in the field. However, beginning in January 2012, enrollment in or completion of an associate degree program will become the standard, with no option for substituting experience.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$25,000 - $70,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
20 to 28 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, Strength/stamina, People skills, Empathy, Likes working with hands
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m='14320'>On</span> <span m='14420'>a</span> <span m='14460'>day-to-day</span> <span m='14940'>basis,</span> <span m='15560'>I</span> <span m='15630'>spend</span> <span m='16010'>most</span> <span m='16300'>my</span> <span m='16420'>time</span> <span m='16760'>at</span> <span m='16850'>a</span> <span m='16930'>computer</span> <span m='17390'>keyboard</span> <span m='17970'>and</span> <span m='18320'>computer</span> <span m='18810'>monitor,</span> <span m='19810'>looking</span> <span m='20110'>at</span> <span m='20260'>data</span> <span m='20510'>sets</span> <span m='21080'>and</span> <span m='21250'>writing</span> <span m='21530'>reports.</span> <span m='22370'>And</span> <span m='22840'>additionally,</span> <span m='23530'>I</span> <span m='23995'>consult</span> <span m='25286'>on</span> <span m='25700'>Skype</span> <span m='26130'>or</span> <span m='26270'>telephone</span> <span m='27000'>for</span> <span m='27310'>about</span> <span m='27650'>three</span> <span m='27870'>or</span> <span m='27920'>four</span> <span m='28170'>hours</span> <span m='28470'>a</span> <span m='28510'>day.</span> <span m='30270'>And</span> <span m='30510'>I</span> <span m='30560'>lecture</span> <span m='30960'>internationally</span> <span m='31760'>on</span> <span m='32055'>how</span> <span m='32350'>the brain</span> <span m='32705'>works.</span> </p><p><span m='33950'>I</span> <span m='34830'>had</span> <span m='35030'>an</span> <span m='35170'>odd</span> <span m='36490'>entrance</span> <span m='36910'>into</span> <span m='37070'>the</span> <span m='37160'>field.</span> <span m='37610'>My</span> <span m='37960'>background</span> <span m='38390'>is</span> <span m='38440'>seven</span> <span m='38770'>years</span> <span m='39030'>at</span> <span m='39160'>university,</span> <span m='40880'>and</span> <span m='41070'>I</span> <span m='41140'>wrote</span> <span m='41340'>a</span> <span m='41380'>grant.</span> <span m='41685'>I had a</span> <span m='41990'>laboratory</span> <span m='42540'>funded</span> <span m='42840'>for</span> <span m='43080'>me.</span> <span m='43600'>But</span> <span m='46100'>my</span> <span m='46420'>motivation</span> <span m='46980'>to</span> <span m='47020'>be</span> <span m='47250'>in</span> <span m='47400'>this</span> <span m='47600'>line</span> <span m='47800'>of</span> <span m='47910'>work</span> <span m='48250'>was</span> <span m='48560'>because</span> <span m='49140'>I</span> <span m='49270'>found</span> <span m='49660'>it to be</span> <span m='49910'>fascinating.</span> <span m='50850'>There's</span> <span m='51060'>nothing</span> <span m='51510'>more</span> <span m='51740'>complex</span> <span m='52025'>than the</span> <span m='52310'>brain's</span> <span m='53010'>patterns and the</span> <span m='53450'>brain's</span> <span m='53980'>electrical</span> <span m='54690'>activity.</span> <span m='55220'>And</span> <span m='55630'>I</span> <span m='55990'>got</span> <span m='56350'>fascinated--</span> <span m='57030'>this</span> <span m='57320'>is my</span> <span m='57460'>40th</span> <span m='57990'>year</span> <span m='58210'>in</span> <span m='58280'>this</span> <span m='58500'>field</span> <span m='58970'>and I</span> <span m='59220'>still find</span> <span m='59560'>every</span> <span m='59760'>day</span> <span m='59940'>absolutely</span> <span m='60380'>fascinating.</span> </p><p><span m='61910'>If</span> <span m='62840'>I</span> <span m='62950'>would</span> <span m='63160'>have</span> <span m='63310'>known</span> <span m='63680'>at</span> <span m='63850'>the</span> <span m='63930'>beginning</span> <span m='64360'>of</span> <span m='64470'>my</span> <span m='64610'>career</span> <span m='64975'>that</span> <span m='65340'>I</span> <span m='65519'>was</span> <span m='65760'>going</span> <span m='65920'>to</span> <span m='66080'>end</span> <span m='66330'>up</span> <span m='66700'>in</span> <span m='67080'>this</span> <span m='67460'>career,</span> <span m='68450'>I</span> <span m='68550'>probably</span> <span m='69060'>would</span> <span m='69190'>have</span> <span m='69280'>gotten</span> <span m='69510'>a</span> <span m='69550'>PhD</span> <span m='70480'>in</span> <span m='70720'>psychology,</span> <span m='71155'>or an</span> <span m='71590'>MD</span> <span m='71980'>and</span> <span m='72650'>PhD</span> <span m='73362'>in</span> <span m='73720'>medicine</span> <span m='74160'>and</span> <span m='74600'>psychology.</span> <span m='75600'>All</span> <span m='75840'>of my</span> <span m='75980'>work</span> <span m='76200'>has to be</span> <span m='76450'>co-signed</span> <span m='77080'>by</span> <span m='77320'>a doctor,</span> <span m='77890'>which</span> <span m='78290'>is</span> <span m='78390'>not</span> <span m='78520'>a</span> <span m='78560'>problem</span> <span m='78820'>for me.</span> <span m='79080'>I</span> <span m='79160'>have</span> <span m='79370'>a</span> <span m='79400'>lot</span> <span m='79560'>of</span> <span m='79620'>doctors</span> <span m='80100'>lined up</span> <span m='80200'>to</span> <span m='80350'>work</span> <span m='80520'>with</span> <span m='80940'>me.</span> <span m='82510'>But</span> <span m='82930'>working</span> <span m='83570'>absolutely</span> <span m='84020'>independently</span> <span m='84600'>would</span> <span m='84750'>have</span> <span m='84850'>been</span> <span m='85150'>a</span> <span m='85595'>good</span> <span m='86040'>leg</span> <span m='86485'>up</span> <span m='86930'>if</span> <span m='87375'>I would</span> <span m='87820'>have</span> <span m='88270'>known</span> <span m='88450'>that I'd</span> <span m='88580'>end up</span> <span m='88830'>here.</span> </p><p><span m='89550'>Thanks</span> <span m='89910'>for your</span> <span m='90290'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":167972,"video_id":"2708113085001","name":"121487313","duration":90835,"thumbnail_url":null}});