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Cardiovascular technicians and technologists work within the allied health care field, helping physicians as they diagnose and treat heart-related conditions and illnesses in patients. Specifically, they use technology to help create images of and around the heart or carry out other procedures to help doctors in providing care. Additionally, they may sometimes be responsible for assisting doctors and surgeons in specific surgical procedures. As a result of the increased use of imaging technology and a growing preference for non-invasive procedures, their skills could be high demand in upcoming years.

Responsibilities of Cardiovascular Technicians

Expectations for the cardiovascular technician can vary from job to job, but often they need to:

  • Explain procedures to patients
  • Obtain and record medical history from the patient
  • Determine equipment settings and ensure it is operating correctly
  • Adjust the patient's position during the procedure, if needed
  • Be able to see the difference between normal and abnormal imagery

Invasive cardiology -- These technicians assist physicians with the procedures associated with cardiac catheter implants where a catheter is passed through/threaded from the patient's groin, through the artery, to the heart.

Non-invasive technology -- These technicians specialize in vascular technology or echocardiography and perform non-invasive tests, which do not require insertion of probes or instruments into a patient's body. Ultrasound, the use of high-frequency sound waves applied to a specific area of a patient's body, is considered non-invasive.

Vascular technology -- These technologists use various procedures to capture and record vascular information, such as blood flow and oxygen saturation.

Electrocardiography -- These workers obtain electrocardiograms (or EKGs) of a patient's heart. The objective for the technician is to trace the electrical impulses that are transmitted by the heart.

Echocardiography -- This branch make use of ultrasound to examine heart chambers, valves, and vessels.

Job Characteristics of Cardiovascular Technicians

A cardiovascular technician usually works 40 hours a week, sometimes even on the weekends. Individuals who work in catheterization laboratories may need to work into the evening or be on-call. Those employed in the field may:

  • Need to physically move or lift equipment or transfer a patient
  • Feel stress working with patients who have critical heart ailments or who are in life-or-death situations
  • Be on their feet for long periods of time
  • Experience, eye, neck or back strain and potentially carpel tunnel syndrome

Skills that are preferable in a cardiovascular technician include:

  • Strong communication
  • Interpersonal abilities
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Reliability
  • Ability to follow instructions

Cardiovascular Technician Salary and Employment

The Bureau of Labors Statistics (BLS) reported the following data regarding cardiovascular technologists and technicians:

  • Total Employed: 51,080 people, in 2014
  • Job Growth: 30% growth, from 2012 to 2022
  • Average Salary: $55,210 in 2014

Job opportunities could be the best for those who are certified (see more below), according to the BLS. Also, those working in Alaska, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Washington, had average wages all above $67,000.

Education, Certification and Licensing

An associate degree is typically needed to enter the field as a technician or technologist, although a four-year bachelor's degree may be beneficial. A one-year certificate can be helpful to those already employed in healthcare. In a degree program, students may take courses that include:

  • Anatomy
  • Medical Terminology
  • The Applied Sciences

Certification is often preferred by employers and can be found through organizations like Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) and the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). There are numerous types of certification exams available, allowing individuals to specialize in specific areas, such as advanced cardiac sonography or certified rhythm analysis.

Licensing is not generally required, but for those states that do require it, certification is usually part of the process. However, requirements do vary state to state.

Major Cardio Tech Employers

  • Diagnostic imaging centers
  • Hospitals
  • Medical and diagnostic laboratories
  • Mobile diagnostic units
  • Medical centers
  • Physicians offices

Resources for Cardiovascular Technicians

  • American Society of Echocardiography
  • Cardiovascular Credentialing International
  • Society for Vascular Ultrasound
  • Society of Medical Diagnostic Songography

Sources:

  1. Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Jan. 8, 2014. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292031.htm
  2. Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, Including Vascular Technologists. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/diagnostic-medical-sonographers.htm

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Cardiovascular Techs

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Cardiovascular Techs jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 220 $56,190
Hoover 220 $56,190
Mobile 50 $51,270
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 610 $49,580
Mesa 610 $49,580
Phoenix 610 $49,580
Tucson 120 $59,450
Kingman 30 $66,980
Lake Havasu City 30 $66,980
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 230 $43,810
North Little Rock 230 $43,810
Little Rock 230 $43,810
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1480 $64,790
Long Beach 1480 $64,790
Los Angeles 1480 $64,790
San Francisco 630 $85,280
Hayward 630 $85,280
Oakland 630 $85,280
Riverside 480 $59,790
San Bernardino 480 $59,790
Ontario 480 $59,790
San Diego 290 $62,690
Carlsbad 290 $62,690
Roseville 230 $75,310
Sacramento 230 $75,310
Arcade 230 $75,310
Arden 230 $75,310
San Jose 160 $70,230
Santa Clara 160 $70,230
Sunnyvale 160 $70,230
Santa Rosa 90 $60,490
Bakersfield 90 $64,830
Modesto 70 $62,670
Oxnard 70 $93,020
Thousand Oaks 70 $93,020
Ventura 70 $93,020
Lodi 50 $59,860
Stockton 50 $59,860
Santa Maria 50 $61,070
Santa Barbara 50 $61,070
Fairfield 50 $73,000
Vallejo 50 $73,000
Arroyo Grande 40 $88,990
San Luis Obispo 40 $88,990
Paso Robles 40 $88,990
Chico -2222 $49,100
Porterville -2222 $62,530
Visalia -2222 $62,530
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 300 $68,770
Aurora 300 $68,770
Denver 300 $68,770
Boulder 60 $58,490
Colorado Springs 60 $75,130
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Hartford 130 $72,420
East Hartford 130 $72,420
Hartford 130 $72,420
Norwalk 80 $63,910
Stamford 80 $63,910
Bridgeport 80 $63,910
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1270 $50,080
Miami 1270 $50,080
Fort Lauderdale 1270 $50,080
St. Petersburg 610 $40,860
Tampa 610 $40,860
Clearwater 610 $40,860
Jacksonville 480 $50,050
Sanford 470 $56,490
Kissimmee 470 $56,490
Orlando 470 $56,490
Cape Coral 290 $36,330
Fort Myers 290 $36,330
Melbourne 160 $41,640
Titusville 160 $41,640
Palm Bay 160 $41,640
Sarasota 160 $59,350
Bradenton 160 $59,350
North Port 160 $59,350
Tallahassee 120 $27,140
Ormond Beach 100 $58,070
Daytona Beach 100 $58,070
Deltona 100 $58,070
Ocala 90 $49,980
Winter Haven 90 $56,380
Lakeland 90 $56,380
Ferry Pass 60 $52,640
Pensacola 60 $52,640
Brent 60 $52,640
Gainesville 50 $58,630
Homosassa Springs -2222 $46,720
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 970 $54,760
Roswell 970 $54,760
Sandy Springs 970 $54,760
Savannah 40 $49,180
Rome 30 $54,160
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 180 $59,260
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 160 $59,250
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 100 $54,170
Peoria 90 $51,610
Springfield 60 $44,380
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 450 $53,280
Anderson 450 $53,280
Carmel 450 $53,280
Fort Wayne 110 $43,070
Elkhart -2222 $31,280
Goshen -2222 $31,280
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 130 $46,030
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 160 $39,980
Lexington 160 $39,980
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 220 $44,420
Metairie 220 $44,420
Baton Rouge 150 $27,770
Lafayette 70 $36,520
Alexandria 50 $32,590
Lake Charles 50 $33,000
Houma 50 $53,450
Thibodaux 50 $53,450
Monroe 40 $40,830
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 630 $68,810
Columbia 630 $68,810
Baltimore 630 $68,810
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 40 $54,060
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 910 $58,100
Warren 910 $58,100
Detroit 910 $58,100
Grand Rapids 280 $-2,222
Wyoming 280 $-2,222
Ann Arbor 210 $59,850
Flint 100 $52,170
Saginaw 40 $55,050
Battle Creek 30 $42,400
Benton Harbor -2222 $50,380
Niles -2222 $50,380
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 210 $59,370
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 140 $30,700
Pascagoula 60 $48,330
Gulfport 60 $48,330
Biloxi 60 $48,330
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 140 $36,170
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 100 $-1,111
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 370 $74,600
Henderson 370 $74,600
Las Vegas 370 $74,600
Reno 60 $74,430
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 60 $72,240
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hammonton 40 $64,360
Atlantic City 40 $64,360
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 250 $47,200
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 240 $55,710
Schenectady 240 $55,710
Albany 240 $55,710
Niagara Falls 210 $53,750
Cheektowaga 210 $53,750
Buffalo 210 $53,750
Syracuse 110 $60,040
Rochester 100 $46,990
Rome 30 $67,150
Utica 30 $67,150
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 210 $57,640
Durham 210 $57,640
Salem 100 $62,610
Winston 100 $62,610
Fayetteville 40 $60,550
Asheville 40 $61,020
Wilmington 30 $69,080
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 460 $51,690
Elyria 440 $57,200
Cleveland 440 $57,200
Toledo 210 $55,330
Akron 160 $53,510
Dayton 110 $61,220
Canton 90 $54,810
Massillon 90 $54,810
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 250 $32,720
Tulsa 230 $40,770
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 40 $60,440
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 690 $44,490
Hanover 110 $45,830
York 110 $45,830
Harrisburg 110 $50,440
Carlisle 110 $50,440
Lancaster 100 $48,950
Hazleton 70 $54,730
Scranton 70 $54,730
Barre 70 $54,730
Wilkes 70 $54,730
Reading -2222 $53,360
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 380 $21,110
Carolina 380 $21,110
San Juan 380 $21,110
Ponce 80 $29,780
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 140 $60,730
North Charleston 140 $60,730
Florence 80 $64,860
Mauldin 60 $40,020
Anderson 60 $40,020
Greenville 60 $40,020
Beaufort 50 $56,540
Hilton Head Island 50 $56,540
Bluffton 50 $56,540
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 140 $48,650
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 250 $47,410
Nashville 250 $47,410
Murfreesboro 250 $47,410
Davidson 250 $47,410
Knoxville 130 $49,030
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 1550 $48,340
Houston 1550 $48,340
The Woodlands 1550 $48,340
Arlington 1490 $59,700
Fort Worth 1490 $59,700
Dallas 1490 $59,700
San Antonio 350 $55,560
New Braunfels 350 $55,560
Austin 320 $60,660
Round Rock 320 $60,660
Temple 140 $38,910
Killeen 140 $38,910
Edinburg 110 $39,820
Mission 110 $39,820
McAllen 110 $39,820
Lubbock 90 $52,310
El Paso 90 $57,240
Tyler 80 $55,460
Beaumont 70 $40,140
Port Arthur 70 $40,140
Brownsville 60 $43,500
Harlingen 60 $43,500
Amarillo 40 $31,490
Longview -2222 $36,350
Waco -2222 $40,940
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 170 $47,870
Clearfield 40 $37,420
Ogden 40 $37,420
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 340 $63,690
Charlottesville 90 $59,140
Lynchburg -2222 $63,190
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 530 $62,750
Tacoma 530 $62,750
Seattle 530 $62,750
Spokane 120 $66,760
Spokane Valley 120 $66,760
Yakima 70 $70,660
Richland 60 $80,020
Kennewick 60 $80,020
Olympia 30 $79,690
Tumwater 30 $79,690
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 80 $30,250
Beckley 40 $26,650
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 640 $49,390
Waukesha 640 $49,390
Milwaukee 640 $49,390
Madison 160 $69,090
Green Bay 60 $35,950
Neenah 40 $36,660
Oshkosh 40 $36,660
Appleton -2222 $56,630

Most Popular Industries for :
Cardiovascular Techs

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 37,120 77% $46,650
Medical Office 9,640 20% $48,510
Education 520 1% $43,740
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