What They Do
Cardiovascular technologists can choose to specialize in vascular technology, invasive cardiology or echocardiography (non-invasive cardiology) depending on their interests. Cardiovascular technicians who specialize in electrocardiograms (EKGs) are known as EKG technicians.
Three out of four cardiovascular technicians work in hospital cardiology departments. The rest work in physician offices and laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers. The work is considered physically demanding, as technologists must often maneuver patients during treatment, as well as setup and transfer heavy equipment.
Education and Qualifications
Most cardiovascular technicians enter the field with an associate degree from a two-year community or technical college, accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRCECT). Some also enter the profession with a bachelor degree from an accredited four-year college or university in order to increase their employment opportunities and earnings potential.
Demand and Compensation
It's a good gig. The BLS projects an increase of nearly 25 percent of employment opportunities for cardiovascular technicians over the next eight years. Median annual wages of cardiovascular technologists is more than $47,000. Certification or registration with Cardiovascular Credentialing International or the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers can increase a cardiovascular technician's salary.