Cardiovascular technologists and technicians schedule appointments, perform ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures, review doctors’ interpretations and patient files, and monitor patients’ heart rates. They also operate and care for testing equipment, explain test procedures and compare findings to a standard to identify problems. Other day-to-day activities vary significantly between specialties.
Cardiovascular technologists may specialize in any of three areas of practice: invasive cardiology, echocardiography or vascular technology. Echocardiography includes giving electrocardiograms (EKGs) and sonograms of the heart.
About three out of four jobs for cardiovascular technologists are in hospitals (public and private), primarily in cardiology departments. The remaining jobs are mostly in offices of physicians, including cardiologists, or in medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers.
America’s Career Infonet gives detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for jobs in fields using echocardiology, which may include:
Learn more about echocardiology as a career at Wise Geek: What Is Echocardiology?
A national shortage of qualified technologists ensures that graduates of El Centro’s Cardiac Sonography program experience excellent job opportunities, both locally and nationally.
Salaries and Projected Job Growth
Although the following job titles and salaries are listed by America’s Career Infonet, please note that salaries vary widely according to size of the employing business as well as the employee’s levels of education and qualification. Average salaries for echocardiographers are more in line with those of sonographers but still may be higher in the Dallas area than indicated below.
The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography provides salary and benefit information to its members.
|Job Title||Median Hourly Wage||Median Annual Salary||Projected Growth Through 2016|
|Cardiovascular technologists and technicians||$25.31||$52,600||+37%|
|Diagnostic medical sonographers||$29.55||$61,500||+26%|