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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 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 240 $52,240
Birmingham 240 $52,240
Huntsville 120 $24,770
Mobile 60 $47,030
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $83,330
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 600 $60,470
Scottsdale 600 $60,470
Mesa 600 $60,470
Tucson 140 N/A
Lake Havasu City 40 $59,800
Kingman 40 $59,800
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 140 $57,040
North Little Rock 140 $57,040
Little Rock 140 $57,040
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 1440 $64,910
Los Angeles 1440 $64,910
Anaheim 1440 $64,910
Hayward 520 $87,430
San Francisco 520 $87,430
Oakland 520 $87,430
Ontario 450 $59,660
San Bernardino 450 $59,660
Riverside 450 $59,660
Carlsbad 350 $66,450
San Diego 350 $66,450
Sacramento 230 $75,410
Arcade 230 $75,410
Roseville 230 $75,410
Arden 230 $75,410
Santa Clara 150 $66,810
Sunnyvale 150 $66,810
San Jose 150 $66,810
Santa Rosa 100 $61,360
Bakersfield 80 $62,510
Modesto 70 $42,340
Lodi 60 $60,440
Stockton 60 $60,440
Fresno 50 $54,090
Fairfield 50 $72,800
Vallejo 50 $72,800
Ventura 50 $95,420
Oxnard 50 $95,420
Thousand Oaks 50 $95,420
Santa Maria 40 $55,030
Santa Barbara 40 $55,030
Arroyo Grande 30 $78,480
San Luis Obispo 30 $78,480
Paso Robles 30 $78,480
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 330 $66,360
Aurora 330 $66,360
Denver 330 $66,360
Boulder 110 $69,110
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Norwalk 190 $64,750
Stamford 190 $64,750
Bridgeport 190 $64,750
East Hartford 150 $70,900
West Hartford 150 $70,900
Hartford 150 $70,900
New Haven 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1360 $44,410
Fort Lauderdale 1360 $44,410
Miami 1360 $44,410
Clearwater 590 $39,860
Tampa 590 $39,860
St. Petersburg 590 $39,860
Sanford 440 $54,820
Orlando 440 $54,820
Kissimmee 440 $54,820
Jacksonville 420 $44,010
Gainesville 210 $28,080
Cape Coral 180 $38,210
Fort Myers 180 $38,210
Bradenton 130 $60,310
North Port 130 $60,310
Sarasota 130 $60,310
Winter Haven 120 $48,940
Lakeland 120 $48,940
Tallahassee 100 $28,680
Titusville 100 $43,410
Melbourne 100 $43,410
Palm Bay 100 $43,410
Ocala 100 $47,520
Deltona 90 $54,940
Daytona Beach 90 $54,940
Ormond Beach 90 $54,940
Port St. Lucie 70 $34,360
Homosassa Springs N/A $43,710
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 930 $54,290
Sandy Springs 930 $54,290
Atlanta 930 $54,290
Savannah 50 $52,700
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu N/A $68,860
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 170 $59,070
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 70 $55,620
Springfield 50 $54,810
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 450 $53,880
Carmel 450 $53,880
Indianapolis 450 $53,880
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 60 $41,120
Des Moines 60 $41,120
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 140 $38,080
Lexington 140 $38,080
Bowling Green N/A $51,160
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Shreveport 250 $31,590
Bossier City 250 $31,590
Metairie 250 $51,260
New Orleans 250 $51,260
Baton Rouge 150 $35,450
Lake Charles 50 $34,300
Lafayette 50 $42,360
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 650 $67,550
Columbia 650 $67,550
Baltimore 650 $67,550
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 50 $51,770
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 780 $55,470
Warren 780 $55,470
Detroit 780 $55,470
Grand Rapids 280 N/A
Wyoming 280 N/A
Ann Arbor 190 $56,020
Flint 80 $50,800
East Lansing 70 $59,110
Lansing 70 $59,110
Niles 60 $53,050
Benton Harbor 60 $53,050
Battle Creek 30 $42,310
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 200 $58,540
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 130 $29,900
Pascagoula 70 $39,640
Biloxi 70 $39,640
Gulfport 70 $39,640
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 130 $37,110
Columbia 80 $42,720
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 380 $78,200
Henderson 380 $78,200
Las Vegas 380 $78,200
Reno 50 $72,520
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $69,550
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlantic City 60 $83,950
Hammonton 60 $83,950
Trenton 40 $61,980
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 130 $48,260
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Niagara Falls 190 $54,260
Cheektowaga 190 $54,260
Buffalo 190 $54,260
Albany 170 $58,420
Schenectady 170 $58,420
Troy 170 $58,420
Rochester 110 $58,350
Syracuse 80 $58,070
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Chapel Hill 200 $56,600
Durham 200 $56,600
Salem 80 $61,480
Winston 80 $61,480
Greensboro 70 $70,990
High Point 70 $70,990
Asheville 40 $59,910
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 440 $56,780
Cleveland 440 $56,780
Columbus 380 $54,470
Toledo 170 $50,330
Akron 100 $48,950
Dayton 90 $62,470
Canton 40 $53,880
Massillon 40 $53,880
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 260 $38,780
Tulsa 250 $41,020
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 630 $45,530
Barre 130 $47,730
Wilkes 130 $47,730
Hazleton 130 $47,730
Scranton 130 $47,730
Hanover 120 $45,580
York 120 $45,580
Lancaster 120 $45,750
Carlisle 90 $58,420
Harrisburg 90 $58,420
Reading 70 $51,420
Berwick 60 $47,540
Bloomsburg 60 $47,540
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 350 $19,260
Carolina 350 $19,260
San Juan 350 $19,260
Ponce 40 $32,580
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 150 $57,710
North Charleston 150 $57,710
Florence 70 $64,400
Anderson 60 $41,870
Greenville 60 $41,870
Mauldin 60 $41,870
Hilton Head Island 60 $51,550
Bluffton 60 $51,550
Beaufort 60 $51,550
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 260 $50,010
Murfreesboro 260 $50,010
Davidson 260 $50,010
Nashville 260 $50,010
Knoxville 120 $45,900
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 1590 $49,860
The Woodlands 1590 $49,860
Houston 1590 $49,860
Dallas 1220 $54,010
Arlington 1220 $54,010
Fort Worth 1220 $54,010
New Braunfels 300 $57,540
San Antonio 300 $57,540
Austin 210 $46,450
Round Rock 210 $46,450
Killeen 120 $43,750
Temple 120 $43,750
El Paso 120 $51,780
Edinburg 110 $37,430
Mission 110 $37,430
McAllen 110 $37,430
Corpus Christi 100 $65,600
Port Arthur 90 $54,640
Beaumont 90 $54,640
Lubbock 70 N/A
Tyler 70 $54,210
Amarillo 60 $36,160
Brownsville 60 $48,650
Harlingen 60 $48,650
Longview 40 $53,210
Waco N/A $38,860
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 140 $40,060
Clearfield 40 $37,360
Ogden 40 $37,360
Provo 30 $31,620
Orem 30 $31,620
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 310 $61,020
Roanoke 40 $59,050
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 540 $67,170
Seattle 540 $67,170
Tacoma 540 $67,170
Spokane Valley 100 $69,470
Spokane 100 $69,470
Yakima 60 $70,200
Richland 60 $75,920
Kennewick 60 $75,920
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 70 $33,990
Beckley 40 $28,960
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 590 $46,050
Waukesha 590 $46,050
Milwaukee 590 $46,050
Madison 90 $63,580
Wausau 50 $55,600
Green Bay N/A $45,340
Appleton N/A $57,090

Most Popular Industries for :
Cardiovascular Techs

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

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

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