Cardiovascular Technologists


Overview

Cardiovascular Technologists

Introduction

Cardiovascular technologists assist physicians in diagnosing and treating heart and blood vessel ailments. Depending on their specialties, they operate electrocardiograph machines, perform Holter monitor and stress testing, and assist in cardiac catheterization procedures and ultrasound testing. These tasks help the physicians diagnose heart disease and monitor progress during treatment. There are approximately 56,560 cardiovascular technologists and technicians employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$56,850

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training


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Experience

On-the-job training and certification


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Outgoing

Earnings

The median salary for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was $56,850 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest paid 10 percent earned less than $29,340 and the highest paid 10 percent earned more than $93,100 annually. Earnings can vary by size and type of employer. For example, technologists working in doctors' offices made more than the mean annual salary ($...

Work Environment

Cardiovascular technologists usually work in clean, quiet, well-lighted surroundings. They generally work five-day, 40-hour weeks, although technicians working in small hospitals may be on 24-hour call for emergencies, and all technicians in hospitals, large or small, can expect to do occasional evening or weekend work. With the growing emphasis in health care on cost containment, more jobs are...

Outlook

The overall employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians should grow 7 percent, faster than the average for all occupations, through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. More people are living longer, active lives, and with the growth of the aging population, more imaging will be needed to diagnose medical problems such as heart conditions. In addition, recent health c...

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