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Rob Kaarto - EEG Technologist
Posted: 08/28/2006

Who:
Rob Kaarto

What do you do:
EEG Technologist

Where do you work:
A clinic on Staten Island, NY

When did you realize you wanted to be an EEG Technologist:

I was a medic in the Navy for about a year in the 1970’s. I wanted to go on to more school. I had already gone to college and wasn’t satisfied with that experience. I was either going into nuclear medicine or EEG and I chose EEG. I’m interested in the anatomy, physiology, and psychology of the brain so I thought this was a natural extension of that.

Why be an EEG Technologist:
Your job as an EEG tech is to find out what is real and what is not and that interests me. Having a better idea of what is really going on. Does he really have this? Sometimes they are making up things. Personally I’m really fascinated with human behavior. To be able to put the physiology with the human behavior is one of the reasons I went into the field.

How would you advise others:
You can go to school for this, maybe a year or two, some technical colleges. It’s almost like X-Ray school or go to some large university hospital. Once you start doing it you’d start learning. You should be sitting next to a neurologist who reads the EEG each day and that is how you learn. You learn along the way. You are not going to learn a lot working in some clinic.