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Sleep Laboratory Technologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Works within sleep clinics with patients with known or suspected sleep disorders. Schedules and coordinates patient assessment, testing, results reporting, treatment and follow up. Performs polysomnographic testing. Performs routine maintenance and calibration of the test equipment to ensure its proper operating condition.

Job Outlook

There were 9 Sleep Laboratory Technologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 228 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Laboratory Technologist industry, which includes the Sleep Laboratory Technologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Sleep Laboratory Technologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $54,885.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $46,417.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Sleep Laboratory Technologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $45,486.

Education and Experience

Posted Sleep Laboratory Technologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree15%
Bachelor's Degree21%
Master's Degree1%
Doctoral Degree4%
Other59%

Posted Sleep Laboratory Technologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years70%
3 to 5 years26%
6 to 8 years4%
9+ years0%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Sleep Laboratory Technologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (33%)
  • Computer Literacy (14%)
  • Troubleshooting (13%)
  • Research (10%)
  • Physical Abilities (8%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Electroencephalography (EEG) (43%)
  • Patient Care (39%)
  • Polysomnography (32%)
  • Respiratory Therapy (31%)
  • Life Support (29%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Patient Safety (17%)
  • Patient Information Collection (13%)
  • Patient/Family Education and Instruction (13%)
  • Patient Preparation (12%)
  • Scheduling (12%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG / ECG) (5%)
  • Electromyography (4%)
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) (4%)
  • Parasomnia (4%)
  • Diagnostic Testing (3%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Nuclear Medicine Procedures (1%) – marginal value $1,988
  • Ultrasound (2%) – marginal value $1,887
  • Therapeutic Procedures (1%) – marginal value $1,695
  • Nuclear Medicine (1%) – marginal value $1,573
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) (4%) – marginal value $802

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Sleep Laboratory Technologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Neurodiagnostic Technologist Specialist, Fh - Neurophysiology Laboratory
  • Polysomnographic Technologist - Sleep Laboratory - Prn
  • Polysomnographic Technologist Sleep Laboratory
  • Polysomnographic Technologist Other Anc Sleep Laboratory

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Sleep Laboratory Technologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Sanford Health (13)
  • Ascension Health (10)
  • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin (8)
  • University Hospitals Health (8)
  • Tenet Health System (7)

North Carolina

  • Duke University (5)
  • Duke Global Health Institute (3)
  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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