Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians

Also called: Cardio Tech (Cardiovascular Technician), Cardiology Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT)

Career Cluster: Health Science
What they do:
Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments.
  • Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
  • Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
KNOWLEDGE

Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • customer service
SKILLS

Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
ABILITIES

Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • see hidden patterns
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
PERSONALITY

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
TECHNOLOGY

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Structured data entry software
Web platform development software
  • Hypertext preprocessor PHP
  • JavaScript
Medical software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Smart Digital Holter Monitor
EDUCATION


associate's degree or certificate after high school
usually needed
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JOB OUTLOOK

New job opportunities are likely in the future.

Salary:
High: $102,000.00
Median: $63,020.00
Low: $33,950.00
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