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Neurodiagnostic Technologist Salaries: What You Should Know

Everything You Need to Know About Neurodiagnostic Technologist Salaries and Jobs

If you love technology and the inner-workings of the human brain, a career in neurodiagnostic technology might be a great fit.

In this fascinating allied health career, neurodiagnostic technologists (also known as NDTs and EEGs) are on the cutting edge of medicine, working with the latest equipment to study activity in the brain and nervous system.

What Do Neurodiagnostic and EEG Techs Do?

What Do Neurodiagnostic and EEG Techs Do?

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Neurodiagnostic technologists record and study electrical activity in the brain and the nervous system to help doctors diagnose neurological issues. These can include – but aren’t limited to – Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, migraines, brain tumors, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

What Does a Neurodiagnostic Tech Do?

An NDT conducts testing, records electrical activity using diagnostic equipment, reads the test results, and shares their findings with a doctor or neurologist (who uses these results to determine a diagnosis).

EEG and NDT Techs: What’s the Difference?

An EEG (short for electroencephalogram) is a specific tool in the field of neurodiagnostic technology. You’ve probably seen a character in a movie with small electrodes attached to their head. These specific tests are used to diagnose brain damage and disorders.

Many training programs in neurodiagnostic technology prepare students to work in a range of areas, including EEGs, sleep testing, and intraoperative neuromonitoring.

How to Become a Neurodiagnostic Technologist

NDTs and EEGs must complete neurodiagnostic training programs, which typically take under 2 years to complete.

Accredited training programs include classroom instruction and hands-on training in the form of an internship.

You’ll study anatomy, physiology, neurodiagnostic recording techniques, clinical diagnostics, patient safety, and instrumentation. EEG classes and other areas of specialization are part of a good neurodiagnostic technology program. You may also study other forms of testing like evoked potential (EP), long term monitoring (LTM), polysomnography (PSG), or nerve conduction studies (NCS).

After completing a recognized or accredited training program, graduates are eligible to take certification exams offered through ABRET.

What Is the Average Neurodiagnostic Technologist Salary?

PayScale states that the annual neurodiagnostic technologist salary falls just under $49,000, which is much higher than the average income for healthcare support positions ($27,000).

Earnings can rise quickly as an NDT builds their skills. While new technologists usually begin earning just under $40,000, pay quickly climbs to over $50,000 with five years of experience. Obtaining certification for additional neurodiagnostic tests is also associated with higher salaries.

What Is the Average EEG Tech Salary?

Average EEG tech salaries are even greater, coming in at more than $50,000. That rate can rise to more than $80,000, depending on experience and where you work.

Job Outlook for Neurodiagnostic Technologists

Outlook for Neurodiagnostic Technologist Jobs

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A great starting salary won’t make a difference if you can’t find a job after graduation. But in this sector, it’s only getting better each year.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that employment for all allied health careers is projected to grow 14% between 2018 and 2028. This is faster than the national average.

Why Are NDTs and EEGs Important?

With a rapidly aging population, the need for specialists to test for conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia will be especially prevalent. EEGs and EPs are also being used more frequently before and during surgery, increasing demand for qualified NDTs.

Dr. Chandrashekar Narechania states that, “The demand for qualified techs outweighs the supply. Most healthcare facilities prefer to hire END techs that have formal training, but there are very few training programs available. That means less competition for those who go into this field.”

The Different Types of NDT Tests

What’s Great About Being a Neurodiagnostic Tech?

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We’ve all known people who have been affected by migraines, sleep disorders, dementia or seizures. As an NDT, the tests you can perform may include:

  • EEG: Testing brain activity to diagnose epilepsy, brain trauma, and other neurological symptoms.
  • Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM): Monitoring during surgery to reduce the risk of paralysis or stroke.
  • Polysomnograms (PSG): Testing for sleep quality and disorders
  • Evoked Potentials (EP): Recording brain activity in response to nerve stimulation. This is commonly performed during spinal surgery.
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS): Recording nerve response time for patients experiencing numbness, tingling, or muscle pain.

There’s a possibility to specialize in any of these areas, or work in specialized facilities like sleep disorder clinics and nursing homes. It all depends on where your interests lie.

Where Do Neurodiagnostic Techs Work?

Other than polysomnographers (who work at sleep research centers), most NDTs enjoy regular daytime working hours at hospitals, clinics, outpatient care centers, and private practices. At a large hospital, you might be part of a large unit of technologists, while in a quieter facility, you may be part of a small team that works closely together.

If you’re already working in healthcare, ASET (The Neurodiagnostic Society) recommends that prospective career changers visit a local neurodiagnostic lab to shadow a working tech before enrolling in an NDT training program.

What Skills Do Neurodiagnostic Techs Need?

People skills are critical as techs work directly with patients with a variety of physical and intellectual abilities. You’ll also work with patients from all walks of life who are facing a wide range of issues like migraines, MS, and dementia. so being adaptive is crucial.

A typical EEG test takes 90 minutes, and the patient must sit still and remain calm, so having a calm demeanor helps. For other tests, you may be monitoring a patient even longer – a polysomnogram lasts eight hours for an overnight sleep study. From preparing them for testing, running them through the procedures, performing tests, and analyzing the results, this is a patient-facing career.

Outside of working with patients, you’ll work with neurologists, nurses, and other allied health professionals. As an NDT, you’ll be expected to keep instruments in good working order, so having an affinity for technology will serve you well.

Start Your Career in Neurodiagnostic Technology Today

Ready to dive into the intricacies of the human brain? Excited to help physicians diagnose crucial neurological health issues? Studying to be a neurodiagnostic technologist could be the right next step for you.

If you’re in the New Jersey area, be sure to check out our NDT training program!

12 thoughts on “Neurodiagnostic Technologist Salaries: What You Should Know

  • Scott Winkle says:

    was wondering what is the outlook for electroneurodiagnostic tech. employment look like now that iBrain 3 and other A.I. technology looms ahead?

    • Jordan says:

      I’m wondering, what information would a neurodiagnostic technician give the neurologist after testing? Would a neurologist be able to read the scans provided and move on from there? Also, do neurodiagnostic technicians help in any way outside of running the tests?

      I’m looking into careers in neuroscience and was hoping to get a better understanding of what certain professions entail.

  • Amarah Haynes says:

    What are the high school science courses recommended to get into a good college to be a neurodiagnostic technologist? I am doing a project for science class. Thank you!

    • Cheyenne says:

      I think anatomy and chemistry would be very helpful for college. This is what i am doing in highschool. What colleges do you know of that you can major in neurology?

  • Anita Montelongo says:

    This subject is very interesting to me as I am a care giver for someone who suffered a T.I.A. and has been having seizure like symptoms however unable to get a diagnosis base on unable to get a neurologist to confirm. I live in Texas but going to look into this career. Thank u

  • Jamie Kirkendoll, PhD, MBA, CNIM, CLTM, R. EEG T. says:

    I have worked in the field of Neurodiagnostic Technology for 30 years. I have multiple registry certifications/credentials in the field. (R. EEG T., CNIM, CLTM). I love this field of study and there is no limit to all that you can do an learn in the field. I have worked on some amazing cases and projects as well as being in on the ground floor of new technologies and monitoring modalities. Although I have went on through college and completed my Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate Degrees; I still work in this field of study. I would encourage any young person, looking for a life-long career you will love, to pursue this.

    • Layla says:

      Hi, I have bachelor’s in management information systems. I am thinking of changing my career to healthcare industry and come across this NDT certification course in Chicago which is about 551 hours spread over 52 weeks and extrinsic training. I am open to continue learning more in this field like moving to EP , Nerve conduction study or any other, but do I need to have bachelor’s degree in NDT to start earning or a certification course of this duration is enough to at least start earning? I would really appreciate your answer.

    • Shameka says:

      Hi Jamie, what would be the starting salary of an EEG tech as of 2019.(but with other O.R. And healthcare field experiences)??

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  • Bhawana says:

    Hey! I have done bachelors in Neuro Physiology Technology and now pursuing Master in it only , how can I apply ?

  • Traci says:

    How much math is needed to conduct eeg and interpret results? I’m very strong in science but not math. I love neurology but I’m not sure if the math will hold me back?

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