Cardiovascular Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Cardiovascular technicians specialize in diagnosing and treating heart conditions. They administer and document tests to obtain diagnostic data on the condition of the heart, to include electrocardiography, echocardiography, holter monitoring, and cardiac stress testing. They also assist physicians with diagnostic and interventional catheterizations, perform device implantations, and conduct electrophysiology studies.

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Work Environment

Cardiovascular technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.

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

Comparable Industries

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

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Cardiovascular Technicians in the Military

338

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Salary

Average Salary

$55,396

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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%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Cardiovascular technicians receive classroom and on-the-job medical training, through which they develop skills in providing basic patient care. Training content may include: Diagnostic methods and proceduresOperation and maintenance of diagnostic equipmentPreparation of patients for testingMethods of resuscitationMinor surgical proceduresEmergency medical treatmentClinical laboratory proceduresCardiac tests and examinationsAssisting physicians with cardiovascular tasks

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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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