Cardiovascular Technologists & Technicians

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Cardio Tech (Cardiovascular Technician), Cardiology Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

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What they do:
Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic, therapeutic, or research purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
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.



  • customer service

Arts and Humanities

  • English language


  • medicine and dentistry

Engineering and Technology

  • computers and electronics


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


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



  • 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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software

  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology

Data base user interface and query software

  • Database software
  • Structured data entry software

Web platform development software

  • Hypertext preprocessor PHP
  • JavaScript Hot Technology


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

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