Cardiovascular Technologists

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. Cardiovascular technologists held approximately 49,400 jobs in the United States in 2010.

Quick Facts
Duties Use electrocardiograph (EKG) machine to detect electronic impulses coming from a patient's heart; monitor the EKG machine for malfunctions; perform stress tests to measure a patient's cardiac activity; provide support for cardiologists
Alternate Title(s) Cardiac Monitor Technicians, Cardiology Technologists, Cardiopulmonary Technologists, Echocardiographers, Vascular Technologist
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience On-the-job training and certification
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Sales Manager for Cardiovascular Technologist Equipment
  • Supervisor of Cardiovascular Technologist Training
  • Cardiovascular Technologist
  • Telemetry Technologist
  • Basic EKG Technologist

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