Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

Description

Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

Tasks

  • Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
  • Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
  • Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
  • Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
  • Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.
  • Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading.
  • Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
  • Prepare and position patients for testing.
  • Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
  • Supervise or train other cardiology technologists or students.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments or ordering supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac or peripheral vascular treatments, such as implanting pacemakers or assisting with balloon angioplasties to treat blood vessel blockages.
  • Inject contrast medium into patients' blood vessels.
  • Assess cardiac physiology and calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.
  • Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, or cerebral circulation.
  • Transcribe, type, and distribute reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
  • 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.
  • Activate fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system.
  • Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.
  • Enter factors such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer.
  • Set up 24-hour Holter and event monitors, scan and interpret tapes, and report results to physicians.
  • Conduct tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer or other respiratory testing equipment.

Knowledge

Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Design
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
History and Archeology
Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.

Skills

Installation
Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Abilities

Peripheral Vision
The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
Spatial Orientation
The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
Dynamic Flexibility
The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Explosive Strength
The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
Night Vision
The ability to see under low light conditions.
Glare Sensitivity
The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
Sound Localization
The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

Work Style

Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Concern for Others
Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

Work Values

Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

ARRT Technologist (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Technologist)
Cardiac Catherization Laboratory Technologist
Cardiac Catheterization Special Procedures Technologist
Cardiac Catheterization Technician
Cardiac Catheterization Technologist
Cardiac Monitor Technician
Cardiac Technician
Cardiograph Operator
Cardiographer
Cardiology Technician
Cardiology Technologist
Cardiopulmonary Technician
Cardiopulmonary Technologist
Cardiovascular Interventional Technologist
Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
Cardiovascular Radiologic Technologist
Cardiovascular Sonographer
Cardiovascular Technician
Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT)
Cardiovascular Ultrasound Sonographer
CATH Lab Radiological Technologist (Catheterization Laboratory Radiological Technologist)
Cath Lab RN (Catheterization Laboratory Registered Nurse)
Cath Lab Specialist (Catheterization Laboratory Specialist)
Cath Lab Tech (Catheterization Laboratory Technologist)
Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT)
Certified Cardiology Technologist (CCT)
Certified Respiratory Therapy Technician (CRTT)
Computed Tomography Technologist (CTT)
Diagnostic Ultrasound Technician
Echo Tech (Echocardiography Technician)
Echo/Vascular Tech (Echocardiology/Vascular Technician)
Echocardiogram Technician
Echocardiograph Technician
Echocardiographer
Echocardiographic Technologist
Echocardiology Technologist
EEG Technician (Electroencephalogram Technician)
EKG/ECG Technician (Electrocardiogram Technician)
Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG Technician)
Electrocardiograph Operator
Electrocardiograph Technician
Electrocardiographic Technician
Holter Scanning Technician
Invasive Cardiovascular Technologist
Perfusionist
Pulmonary Function Technician
Pulmonary Function Technologist
Radiographer
Radiological Technologist
Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS)
Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)
Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)
Registered Nurse (RN)
Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)
Respiratory Therapist (RT)
Special Procedures Radiological Technologist
Stress Test Technician
Telemetry Technician
Vascular Technician
Vascular Technologist
X-Ray Technologist

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$25.04 hourly, $52,070 annual.
Employment (2008):
50,530 employees