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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technician
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) ailments.
The Job
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians schedule appointments perform ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures, review doctors' interpretations and patient files, and monitor patients' heart rates. They also operate and care for testing equipment, explain test procedures, and compare findings to a standard to identify problems. Other day-to-day activities vary significantly between specialties.
Work Environment
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians spend a lot of time walking and standing. Heavy lifting may be involved to move equipment or transfer patients.
College Majors
2-year junior or community college program
Minimum Qualifications
The most common level of education completed by cardiovascular technologists and technicians is an associate degree. Certification, although not required in all cases, is available.
Personality traits helpful for this career
A pleasant, relaxed manner for putting patients at ease is an asset.
Quick Facts
  • Employment is expected to grow much faster than average; technologists and technicians trained to perform certain procedures will be in particular demand.
  • About 3 out of 4 jobs are in hospitals.
  • The vast majority of workers complete a 2-year junior or community college program.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of cardiovascular technologists and technicians were $47,010 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,800 and $61,580. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,510, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,760. Median annual wages of cardiovascular technologists and technicians in 2008 were $48,590 in offices of physicians and $46,670 in general medical and surgical hospitals.
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