Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

General Information

Description

Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit64.90%
  2. Private, not for profit26.07%
  3. State and local government4.73%
  4. Federal government2.31%
  5. Self-employed1.92%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Offices of Physicians
  • Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

Job Outlook

Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians, including vascular technologists, is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As the large baby-boom population ages, the need to diagnose medical conditions—such as blood clots and heart disease—will likely increase. Imaging technology is a tool used in making these diagnoses. Moreover, diagnostic medical sonographers, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, and vascular technologists will continue to be needed in healthcare settings to provide an alternative to imaging techniques that involve radiation.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$32,810

Military salary*

$55,396

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State-by-state Salary

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$81,730
$25,870
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 62%
  • Post-secondary certificate 12%
  • High school 9%
  • Some college 7%
  • First professional degree 3%
  • Bachelor's degree 2%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Psychology
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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