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. There are approximately 51,400 cardiovascular technologists and technicians employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Cardiac Monitor Technicians, Cardiology Technologists, Cardiopulmonary Technologists, Echocardiographers, Vascular Technologists
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
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) States with the highest level of employment for cardiovascular technologists and technicians include Texas, Florida, California, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Psychology
Experience On-the-job training and certification
Personality Traits
  • Outgoing
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor of Cardiovascular Technologist Training
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in Cardiovascular Area
  • Cardiovascular Technologist or
  • Technician Telemetry Technologist
  • Basic EKG Technologist

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