Anyone here a medical tech, specifically a Polysomnography(sleep study technologist)

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  1. Anyone here a medical tech, specifically a Polysomnography(sleep study technologist)


    Long story short, after being in and out of college I finally decided what to do. I wanted to work in the medical field because of the pay. I originally wanted to do MRIs, but I would need to get a radiology license first and go through all these other classes and might not even get picked. Being how I'm about to turn 29, I wanted something more secure and that I could get done way quicker. So, that's when I found out about being a sleep study tech. There is a program in my college that doesn't require any prerequisites(I know, I'm shocked too) and it's a year and a half program. I was wondering if anyone here does this job, or any jobs that are similar. What is the pay like and how hard is it to find work? I'm hoping to get in the $50,000 a year range for accredited, since that's the average as long as I'm not in a low tech state, such as West Virginia.


  2. Double check the job market for that field.
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  3. Quote Originally Posted by celc5 View Post
    Double check the job market for that field.
    It's either that, or work a ****ty dead end job.

  4. I hear ya bro. But seriously, in general, don't want to be obligated to loans and your geographic area has only a few jobs and they are already locked down.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by celc5 View Post
    I hear ya bro. But seriously, in general, don't want to be obligated to loans and your geographic area has only a few jobs and they are already locked down.
    Financial aid and my god father knows the head super visor of the department at the local hospital. I figure that might help.
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  6. Look into being a physical therapy assistant or pharmacy technician.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by rascal14 View Post
    Look into being a physical therapy assistant or pharmacy technician.
    Do techs make around the same? I can't get into a physical therapist assistant program, because the only place close that offers it is smack dab in the ghetto.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Shiznown View Post
    Do techs make around the same? I can't get into a physical therapist assistant program, because the only place close that offers it is smack dab in the ghetto.
    The pharmacy techs makes less. I think it's more around 30-40 thousand a year around here.

    Physical therapy assistant would be the best route out of the two money wise, and it would definitely be more fun. You could look into a 2 year nursing program that allows you to sit for both the LPN and RN exam, or become an LPN and eventually do a bridge program to get a bachelors.

  9. I make 70k a year didnt even go to college.to be honest i have an easy job to.if you go to school that long 50k a year is joke.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by berazzled View Post
    I make 70k a year didnt even go to college.to be honest i have an easy job to.if you go to school that long 50k a year is joke.
    That's great. Absolutely worthless information considering you didn't mention what you do.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by rascal14 View Post
    That's great. Absolutely worthless information considering you didn't mention what you do.
    Sometimes ppl need to stroke their egos via the interwebz.
    Psalms 62:1-62:2

  12. Not ego and its great info regardless of what i do. The point was if you go to school that long 50k a year is ludicrous. Expand your goals.

  13. If you want to finish your 4 year degree and are well spoken, then look into medical sales. Pharma, lab, device, etc. pay wise you can start out with a base of $50k and bonus potentially to 6 figures. Just a thought

  14. And to build on Thor's suggestion, most insurance companies have entry positions with any 4 yr degree. I live in PGH and there are at least 4 major companies here. And within a few yrs, a lot of people transition to work from home (not that it's easier, but it helps if geographic location isn't flexible )

  15. Quote Originally Posted by berazzled View Post
    Not ego and its great info regardless of what i do. The point was if you go to school that long 50k a year is ludicrous. Expand your goals.
    I have yet to see you ever give "great info" you're a complete moron.

  16. I'd also recommend looking into pharm or medical sales. Understanding that it is geographical with wages and col, but I do have to agree that it is not worth going to school for an undergrad to seek a $50k annual job. It creates a debt that is difficult to pay off for little reward. I know a handful of people in medical sales and they generally start with a $50-60k base and then add commission, averaging in the low 6 figures. All commission routes are an option, but usually not recommended unless you are a hustler or seasoned, then you can be looking at $200k+ annuals.

  17. Quote Originally Posted by rascal14 View Post
    I have yet to see you ever give "great info" you're a complete moron.
    Great info is why waste all that time and money for 50k a year? Anyone that does that is a moron.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by berazzled View Post
    Great info is why waste all that time and money for 50k a year? Anyone that does that is a moron.
    There are hundreds of necessary jobs that require degrees that start out at less than $50,000 a year. Teachers, social workers, architects. You're saying all these people are morons?

  19. I'll put it bluntly guys, a pharmacy tech isn't going to pay what I want. To put it bluntly, at some point I want to at some point cure the arthritis in my back from years of having flat feet and as you all know stem cells are expensive. Idc if I have to pay off stem cell injections for 10 years, just as long as I can get them. A $50,000 plus a year job is the only way I can see that happening, while still being able to live on my own.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by berazzled View Post
    Great info is why waste all that time and money for 50k a year? Anyone that does that is a moron.
    Dude, the program is only an 18 month program and it's covered under financial aid for me. I mean all of it is covered, so no debt. It's one of the only certification programs that is covered.

  21. If you're comfortable with sales and you're a good looking person then try becoming a pharmaceutical rep. Lol

  22. Quote Originally Posted by rascal14 View Post
    If you're comfortable with sales and you're a good looking person then try becoming a pharmaceutical rep. Lol
    No, in fact the opposite job would be ideal. That's why I wanted to do sleep study tech, because I like working with machines. I was looking into elevator repair, but I don't want to die working in an elevator lol.

  23. Quote Originally Posted by Shiznown View Post
    No, in fact the opposite job would be ideal. That's why I wanted to do sleep study tech, because I like working with machines. I was looking into elevator repair, but I don't want to die working in an elevator lol.
    I figured you already knew of the sales route and didn't want to do that, which is why it wasn't mentioned. I'm like you, I would hate sales and can't stand salesmen in the first place. Very rarely I get a good one that isn't just flat out annoying.

    I generally don't think it's a good idea to get a degree in such a specific job category, unless it is one that has very good job security.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by rascal14 View Post
    I figured you already knew of the sales route and didn't want to do that, which is why it wasn't mentioned. I'm like you, I would hate sales and can't stand salesmen in the first place. Very rarely I get a good one that isn't just flat out annoying.

    I generally don't think it's a good idea to get a degree in such a specific job category, unless it is one that has very good job security.
    I guess I'll have to see. Like I said my god father knows the head supervisor at the local hospital. That at least gives me a heads up. Still makes me mad that if I want to go the physical therapist assistant route, I have to go right in the ghetto were the Baltimore riots took place, or somehow travel 50 miles to another county. Yeah, let's put our medical programs right in the ghetto, so that our potential future doctors can all get killed. Baltimore logic.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by rascal14 View Post
    I figured you already knew of the sales route and didn't want to do that, which is why it wasn't mentioned. I'm like you, I would hate sales and can't stand salesmen in the first place. Very rarely I get a good one that isn't just flat out annoying.

    I generally don't think it's a good idea to get a degree in such a specific job category, unless it is one that has very good job security.
    If any of you guys know about different personality types, I'm a textbook ISTP. That means I'm blunt, truthful and not cutout to be a con marketing person lol. Apparently ISTPs make good CEOs though lol.
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