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Electroneurophysiology (ENP) Technologist

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists use sensitive electronic equipment to record and measure the electrical activity of patients’ central and peripheral nervous systems. This information can help doctors diagnose diseases, injuries and abnormalities.

Also Known As

Electroencephalography (EEG) Technologist, Electromyography (EMG)

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Electroencephalographic Technologists (3218.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Electroencephalographic and Other Diagnostic Technologists, n.e.c. (D218) 
  • 2011 NOC: Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (3217) 
  • 2016 NOC: Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. (3217) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Electroencephalographic Technologists

2006 NOC: 3218.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working with diagnostic equipment such as electroencephalographs and evoked potential equipment; and in checking, calibrating and performing routine maintenance to diagnostic equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in compiling data by taking notes on the recorded graph to identify interference such as poor electrode contact or patient movement; in preparing recordings for interpretation by neurologists; and in attaching diagnostic equipment to patients and ensuring patients' comfort and safety

innovative

Interest in speaking with patients to prepare them for procedures; and in assessing nature of problem to determine processes and tests required

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists use special equipment to record and measure electrical activity in the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system. They also study electrical activity that results when sensory and motor pathways are stimulated.

Sometimes ENP technologists are asked to monitor seizures in a patient with epilepsy. Experienced technologists may record directly from the brain during surgery. If they have advanced training, they may record the way nerves respond when manipulated during surgery.

Duties and responsibilities vary. In general, ENP technologists:

  • explain the test procedure to patients
  • obtain any medical history that could affect test results
  • screen patients to make sure the procedure is right and safe for them
  • apply electrodes to the patient’s head, trunk and limbs
  • use neurodiagnostic testing equipment
  • provide care and assistance to patients during procedures (including operating room)
  • ensure patient, staff and public safety during procedures
  • prepare test results for the doctor to review and report
  • maintain equipment and spot technical problems
  • communicate with other health care professionals (such as biomedical engineering staff, physicians, nurses and unit clerks)
  • keep records and compile research data.

Those with experience may help in training ENP students.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 08, 2016
  • Strength Required Lift up to 10 kg

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists may work standard weekday or weekend shifts. They may be on call evenings and weekends. They spend much of their time on their feet. They may need to bend and lift to help very ill patients. Sometimes they may be required to move equipment (on portable carts) to a patient’s bedside (for example, in a hospital ward, an intensive care unit or an operating room). They may need to work with adults or children.

ENP technologists must follow safe work practices (such as standard security, electrical safety and infection prevention and control procedures and regulations).

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists need to possess:

  • a mature and calm manner
  • integrity
  • the ability to explain things clearly
  • attention to detail
  • the ability to be well organized
  • the ability to think critically and solve problems
  • the ability to work well on their own and as part of a structured team.

ENP technologists should enjoy:

  • using computers and electronic equipment to perform precise tasks
  • following clear guidelines
  • dealing with people.
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 08, 2016
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, British Columbia, offers a 2-year electrophysiology diploma program that begins in September of every second year. The program combines classroom learning with hands-on experience. The entrance requirement is a high school diploma or equivalent, with courses in algebra, physics and chemistry.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 08, 2016
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Electroneurophysiology Technologist

Electroneurophysiology technologists use sensitive electronic diagnostic equipment to record and evaluate the electrical activity of patients' central and peripheral nervous systems to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members who are authorized by the College provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves an electroencephalograph (EEG) technologist or electroneurophysiology technologist.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Electroneurophysiology Technologist.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Electroneurophysiology (ENP) technologists work in:

  • acute care hospitals
  • private clinics
  • research labs
  • specialized facilities such as epilepsy, neuromuscular and sleep centres.

Registered ENP technologists may specialize in work such as monitoring brain function or spinal cord integrity during surgery (intraoperative monitoring).

ENP technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3217: Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. In Alberta, 98% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance [pdf] industry.

The employment outlook [pdf] in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events that affect overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities that come up when people leave existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities that come up when new positions are created)
  • size of the occupation.

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

In Alberta, the 3217: Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c. occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 0% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 0 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 08, 2016

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, n.e.c.

2016 NOC: 3217
Average Wage
$37.41
Per Hour
Average Salary
$62,360.00
Per Year
Average Hours
30.7
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 3217 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

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Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $23.00 $45.10 $30.78 $29.84
Overall $27.56 $57.60 $37.41 $35.83
Top $38.71 $58.75 $42.73 $39.66

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Health Care & Social Assistance
ALL INDUSTRIES

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
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Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
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Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
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Vacancy Rate
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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 08, 2016

Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) website: acmdtt.com

Alberta Health Services website: www.albertahealthservices.ca

American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic and Evoked Potential Technologists (ABRET) website: abret.org

Association of Electromyography Technologists of Canada (AETC) website: www.aetc.ca

British Columbia Institute of Technology website: www.bcit.ca

Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists (CAET) website: www.caet.org

Canadian Board of Registration of Electroencephalograph Technologists (CBRET Inc.) website: www.cbret.org

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca

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Updated Mar 22, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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