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Career Outlook for a Polysomnographic Technologist

Apr 08, 2010

Have you ever thought about becoming a polysomnographic technologist? As a polysomnographic technologist you will work in the growing field of sleep medicine. Your job will be to help patients resolve their sleeping disorders by closely monitoring their sleep and compiling data taken from the many different sensors the patient wears while they are asleep. You will also be responsible for ensuring that the equipment is calibrated properly and that patients are comfortable before monitoring begins.

Being a ploysomnographic technologist can be very rewarding, as you get to help people live better lives every single day. There are lots of people out there who don’t sleep well for various reasons, and with your expertise they can get to the root of the problem and hopefully find a solution.

Most polysomnographic technologists work a 10-12 hour night shift so they can monitor patients, but some work a regular day shift that involves more data analysis. Polysomnographic technologists can work in hospitals or private sleep centers, and are under the supervision of a sleep medicine physician. Jobs can be part-time, full-time, or on demand, and can involve a combination of day and night shifts.

Before you decide whether to become a polysomnographic technologist it is important that you consider whether this sort of work environment is suitable to your lifestyle. Not everyone is suited to working nights, so take this into consideration before you go any further. However for many people, particularly parents of younger children, a night shift job can provide a much needed second income without having to hire a day care provider.

While there isn’t a lot of specific data on the field of polysomnographic technology, it is expected that this career will follow the general trend of other types of health care jobs in an upward direction. In the US alone it is estimated that there are 50 to 70 million people suffering from sleep disorders – and they need the help of a polysomnographic technologist to help them! By getting in on this career in the next few years you can ride the upward trend and become a real asset to the health care industry.

As the majority of the population ages, people who are trained as polysomnographic technologists or any other health care profession are expected to be in high demand. Newly trained polysomnographic technologists are needed to help identify sleep disorders like sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and cataplexy. With an average salary of $38,000 to $43,000 per year, becoming a polysomnographic technologist can be a perfect opportunity to find a great paying, challenging, and rewarding career helping people sleep better. All you need is to complete a two-year training program and you can be on your way.

Take the next step by finding out whether there are any sleep labs or clinics in your area, and see if you can talk to a polysomnographic technologist to find out what their job is like. Then you can start researching schools in your area and online who can give you the training you need to become a qualified polysomnographic technologist.

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