PROS / The number of cardiovascular technician positions are expected to grow by over 20 percent in the next ten years.
CONS / The low and middle range salaries for this medical career are lower than many other careers in our review.
VERDICT / There are fewer cardiovascular technician jobs available than other careers, but high growth is expected and specialized positions are available.
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians work alongside physicians in treating patients' hearts. Technologists help perform tests and surgical procedures that either diagnose or treat heart conditions. Technicians work along with technologists in conducting various heart-related tests.
The average salary range for this medical career falls in the middle of the undergraduate careers in medicine we looked at. However, the low-end wage is less than many of the careers we reviewed. This salary figure accounts for only about ten percent of the salary figures for this position. Salaries vary according to your experience, education level and location. Areas with a higher cost of living generally offer higher salaries. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians can also choose to go through further training and specialization, which generally warrant a salary increase.
To work as a cardiovascular technologist, you need at least an associate degree from an accredited program. Some programs offer bachelor's degrees instead and may last a little longer. If you already have a degree in a related medical career, such as radiation therapy, you may have the option to take a one-year program for certification as a cardiovascular technologist. Program requirements vary from school to school, and you may need to take prerequisite courses before applying for a program.
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians have one of the highest expected job-growth rates of the careers in medicine we reviewed. There are fewer cardiovascular technologist positions nationwide when compared with other medical careers. Cardiovascular technologists can also receive further training, usually from their employers, to become electrocardiogram technicians. Specializing opens up the potential for you to find more job opportunities.
Cardiovascular technologists generally work full time during a variety of shifts. Depending on what facility you work at, you may have to work off shifts, such as graveyard or on weekends, to cater to round-the-clock schedules. You can find most jobs at hospitals, but some cardiovascular technologists work in doctor's offices or in laboratories.
This health care career works directly with patients. Knowing a secondary language can help improve communication with some patients depending on your community's demographic. Cardiovascular technologists may have to help move patients, so you also need to be able to lift fifty pounds or more.
Cardiovascular technologists work in a medical career that specializes in treating and diagnosing heart diseases. They primarily work in hospitals and private practices. While their salary range is wide, the low and median average wages aren't as great as comparable careers.