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Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians

Also called: Cardiology Technician, Cardiovascular Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

Where in the Army? In the Army: Cardiovascular Specialist

What they do:
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.
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

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

Skills

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
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
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

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:

Medical software
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM-compatible image acquisition and integration software products
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
Data base user interface and query software
  • Database software
  • Structured data entry software
Internet browser software
  • Web browser software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$53,210
per year, on average
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