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Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians

Also called: Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT), Cardiovascular Technician, Cardiology Technician, Cardiac Technician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Apprentice; Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Craftsman; Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Helper; Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Journeyman; Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Manager; Cardiopulmonary Laboratory Superintendent

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:
  • 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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation

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
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$52,070
per year, on average
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