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. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that there are 307,220 physicians and surgeons employed in the United States.

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 Good
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions with 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; one to three years' fellowship
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Interventional Cardiologist
  • Invasive Cardiologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Cardiovascular Technologist

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