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Sleep Technology—Career Opportunities

Job opportunities are expected to continue to expand in the Moraine Valley's area. For job listings and job placement assistance, contact Job Resource Center in the Center for Contemporary Technology, T903, at (708) 974-5737.

Graduates of the program can find employment as entry level Polysomnographic Technicians.
Average salaries range from $29,000 to $46,000 annually. Several area sleep labs are currently hiring technologists.

Salary Information
The following was reported by ADVANCE for Managers of Respiratory Care and AdvanceforSleep.com. The full survey can be seen at the following web site:
http://sleep-medicine.advanceweb.com/editorial/content/editorial.aspx?CC=4465

Dollars and Cents
About one-third of respondents (31 percent) earn between $40,000 and $49,999, including bonuses. Not too far behind are those who bring home $30,000 to $39,999 (26 percent).

Sixteen (4 percent) fortunate respondents see their yearly salaries reach $80,000 or more. On the other side of the scale, nine people (2 percent) make under $15,000.

Ninety percent of respondents received a raise either this year or last. Fifty-nine percent saw an increase in the 1 percent to 3 percent range; 32 percent said they made 4 percent to 6 percent more.
However, people shouldn't expect raises to go much higher, according to Andrew E. DesRosiers, RPSGT, RRT, MS, director of the sleep disorders center at Holy Family Hospital and Medical Center in Methuen, Mass.

"Unless managed care starts reimbursing more, I don't think you're going to see salaries jumping up besides the 1 to 3 percent for cost of living," he said. "About 25 percent of the hospitals in the country are losing money, and just over 50 percent of hospitals in Massachusetts are in the red. I think for the next couple of years the sleep salaries are going to hold, just like a lot of other fields."

Others seem more optimistic. If the marketplace allows for it, salaries could increase because sleep technologists are in demand these days, said Cynthia Mattice, RPSGT, MS, legislative chair for the Association of Polysomnographic Technologists, member-at-large of the APT board of directors and director of sleep operations at AccuHealth Inc. in Oklahoma City.

"You have a huge investment in your employees," she said. "You spend time and money training them, and with the shortages in well-trained sleep technicians, you do not want to lose them to another sleep lab facility because they offer a little more than you."

The median expected salary in 2009 for a typical polysomnographic technologist in Chicago, IL is $51,773. The 10th percentile is $39,678 and the 90th percentile is $63,888 (www.salary.com).