Cardiologists are physicians who practice in the subspecialty of internal medicine that concentrates on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. In most instances, cardiologists treat patients on a consultative basis to determine if the symptoms the patients are exhibiting are signs of heart disease.

Quick Facts
Duties Examine patients; obtain medical histories; order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests; prescribe treatment; conduct treatment procedures
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all locations with the most jobs in larger urban and suburban centers
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Three to seven years' residency after medical school; one to three years' fellowship (optional)
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Medical license required in all states
Career Ladder
  • Interventional Cardiologist
  • invasive Cardiologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Cardiovascular Technologist

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