Polysomnographic Technology Program
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, health care provided 13.5 million jobs in 2004, making it the largest industry. 8 out of 20 occupations projected to grow the fastest are in health care. More new wage and salary jobs — about 19 percent, or 3.6 million — created between 2004 and 2014 will be in health care than in any other industry. Most workers have jobs that require less than 4 years of college education, but health diagnosing and treating practitioners are among the most educated workers. There is a critical need for well-trained healthcare professionals in the area of polysomnography. The field of sleep studies, or polysomnography, is a rapidly growing area of health professions. With the continuing growth in the number of sleep labs annually, the need for credentialed, well-trained Polysomnographic Technicians and Technologists is also increasing. According to the National Sleep Foundation, over 82 million Americans suffer from sleeping disorders with greater than 12 million Americans suffering from obstructive sleep apnea.
Income and Opportunity
Median annual earnings for Polysomnographic Technicians and Technologists are not available, but in this area the salary prospect is around $35,000, (as per the Sleep Center managers verbal estimates) depending on location and experience. Polysomnographic Technicians and Technologists may work in sleep disorder centers, which can be located in medical centers, hospitals, or clinic/office settings. Other opportunities are as a traveling Polysomnographic Technician or Technologist, home sleep scoring, education, or working for research facilities. The need is nationwide, so you have the option of relocating to almost any geographical area.