Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Neurodiagnostic Job Description for the Bureau of Labor and Statistics

ASET has been working with the Bureau of Labor and Statistics for several years now, to update information for their job description for our profession. The BLS maintains a website where users can research all of the major job categories in the USA, and the website is called O*NET.  They schedule the major updates for each profession on their list once every ten years.  Our profession was updated in their O*NET database in 2010.  The update included a change from the job title “Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist” to “Neurodiagnostic Technologist”.  The BLS gathers data for the job descriptions and ensures accuracy of information by sending out surveys to “subject matter experts” who are people working directly in a branch of the profession, with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field.  I provided the BLS with a list of ASET members, representing all of the neurodiagnostic credentials two years ago, when our update process began.  This year, O*NET contacted me, to request a new list of ASET members, because they are sending out a follow-up survey, to assess the need for adjustments in the information they have published about our profession.  I provided about 120 names with contact numbers to the BLS, and the BLS then sends out a notice to them to explain the purpose of their program.  Last week, I heard from my O*NET liaison that surveys will be mailed very soon, to some of the technologists on this list.  So, if you get something from them, please take the time to fill out the survey and return it to them.  This information is very important, and provides key information to users visiting the website, in an effort to research possible job opportunities.  Since we desperately need more technologists nation-wide, we need to make it clear that this is an attractive career option.
Did you know that O*NET has a special designation for jobs that are predicted to have greater than average growth in the future?  It is called “Bright Outlook” and Neurodiagnostic Technologist has been selected for this category.  That means that when users browse through the O*NET website, they will see a special icon (a sun) that indicates that we have job growth potential.
If you would like to view our job listing, please try this link:
Or go to www.onetonline and select “Bright Outlook” and “New and Emerging Jobs” and scroll down to “Neurodiagnostic Technologist”.

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