Electromyograph (EMG) technicians work with physicians to diagnose particular health problems, such as brain disorders. These technicians are able to observe the electrical activity in nerves using electromyography equipment; prior to procedures being carried out, they must also prepare patients, which involves applying a conducive paste to the area where testing will be carried out and attaching recording devices to the body.
Strong communication skills are important in this position in order to communicate well with other medical personnel and explain procedures to patients to help them feel at ease. Patients' histories and doctors' notes must also be considered to determine which nerves should be selected. Strong knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body is essential, and EMG technicians also interpret results in order to pass on observations to physicians.
EMG technicians may be responsible for ensuring that supplies are in stock at all times, and standing and walking for long periods of time may also be necessary. They may occasionally help transport patients within the facility, and lifting and manipulation of equipment is also required. Normal or corrected hearing and vision are necessary in this position, and there are often multiple minimum physical requirements to be met, as well. A high school diploma or GED is usually a minimum requirement for this position, and employers may prefer those who also have an associate’s degree in an accredited electromyography program.