Position : Polysomnographer
Registered as Polysomnographic Technologist through the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) required, or RST though ABSM required.
Polysomnographers are responsible for following safety precautions as well as monitoring medical instruments and patients during the testing process.
A polysomnographic technologist uses electroencephalography to get a record of the electrical activity in patients' brains, which can indicate the origin of some sleep disorders.
Other polysomnographer duties include operating instruments to evaluate breathing as well as checking heart and muscle activity, blood oxygen levels and eye movement.
Polysomnographers often work at night because they are responsible for monitoring sleep studies.
In addition to assisting with tests and monitoring patients, polysomnographers provide patients with information about sleep disorders, interview patients and keep records and charts.
If you're just starting your postsecondary education, the best way to become a polysomnographer is to earn an associate's degree or certificate.
If you're already working in a medical profession, you may be able to proceed directly to the certification process.
This is highly technical and specific work in a growing and still-developing field, so if you're willing to put in the time to get trained and certified, it is likely to pay off with a job.