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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists
Quick Facts : Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists*
2010 Median Pay$49,410
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201249,400
Job Outlook29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change14,500


Cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists use imaging technology to help physicians diagnose heart and blood vessel ailments in patients such as blood clots. They help physicians resolve these problems and provide treatment to patients.

What Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists Do

  • Prepare patients for procedures by taking their medical history and answering their questions
  • Perform noninvasive procedures, such as taking ultrasound images
  • Analyze the images to check for quality and to ensure adequate coverage of the area being diagnosed
  • Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal images
  • Help physicians during invasive procedures, such as inserting catheters (small tubes)

Work Environment

Cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists work in healthcare facilities, which must be sanitary.
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Job Outlook

Employment of cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists is expected to grow by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, as imaging technology evolves, medical facilities will use it to replace more invasive, costly procedures.
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of cardiovascular technologists and technicians and vascular technologists was $49,410.
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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists

49410

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists*
Percent Change in Employment

Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists

29.3522

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists

Some technologists and technicians are trained on the job. And although there are several ways to become a cardiovascular technologist or technician or vascular technologist, the most common path is formal education that leads to an associate's degree. Many employers also require professional certification.
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