Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 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. Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety. Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
- Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
- Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
- Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians require an Associate’s degree or higher. Some post-secondary certifications are avaliable to enter into the field.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You like to operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
- You like to test patient heart or lung functioning.
- You like to explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Technician, Cardiac Technician, Cardiology Technician, Cardiopulmonary Technician, Cardiovascular Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT), Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG Technician), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)