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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
SOC Code: 29-2031.00

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.

Sample of reported job titles: 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)


  • 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.
  • Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.
  • Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
  • Prepare and position patients for testing.
  • 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.
  • Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
  • Supervise or train other cardiology technologists or students.
  • Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, or cerebral circulation.
  • Assist surgeons with vascular procedures, such as preparing balloons and stents.
  • 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.
  • 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 gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
  • Inject contrast medium into patients' blood vessels.
  • Transcribe, type, and distribute reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
  • Enter factors, such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer.
  • Conduct tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer or other respiratory testing equipment.
  • Activate fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system.
  • Set up 24-hour Holter and event monitors, scan and interpret tapes, and report results to physicians.
  • Perform general administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments or ordering supplies or equipment.

Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software - Database software; Structured data entry software
  • Information retrieval or search software - Information systems integration software
  • Internet browser software - Web browser software
  • Inventory management software - Pyxis MedStation software
  • Medical software - Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM-compatible image acquisition and integration software products; Electronic medical record EMR software; MEDITECH software ; Smart Digital Holter Monitor (see all 7 examples)
  • Office suite software - Microsoft Office
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel
  • Web platform development software - JavaScript
  • Word processing software - Microsoft Word

Tools Used

  • Angiography contrast medium delivery set - Contrast power injectors; Medrad injectors; Pressure injectors
  • Angioplasty balloon catheter - Balloon catheters
  • Angioscopes or accessories - Heart probes
  • Arterial line catheters - Swan Ganz artery catheters
  • Arterial needles - Brachial artery needles
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles - Automated external defibrillators AED; Defibrillators
  • Binocular light compound microscopes - Laboratory microscopes
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Blood gas analyzers
  • Body plethysmographs - Plethysmography machines
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories - Hemodynamic monitors; Physiological monitoring and analysis systems; Thermodilution cardiac output computers
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P - Pacemaker analyzers; Pacemakers; Silicone lead end caps; Ventricular demand pacemakers (see all 7 examples)
  • Cardiovascular sheath kits - Cardiovascular catheter sheaths
  • Central venous catheters
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers - Chemical sterilizers
  • Coagulation analyzers - Coagulation testing equipment
  • Coronary stent - Coronary stents
  • Defense Digital Imaging Network DIN system equipment - Defense digital imaging network-picture archiving and communications systems DIN-PACS
  • Desktop computers
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheter introducers or sets - Brockenbrough needles; Transseptal sheaths
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets - Angiojets; Grollmann catheters; Rheolytic thrombectomy systems; Rotoblators (see all 10 examples)
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM standard system equipment - Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM system equipment
  • Electrocardiography EKG accessories - Electrocardiography EKG tape reading scanners
  • Electrocardiography EKG electrode patch - Electrocardiography EKG electrodes
  • Electrocardiography EKG unit analyzers - Vector-cardiographs
  • Electrocardiography EKG units - Cardio-page writers
  • Electromyography EMG units or accessories - Light and sound machines
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Electronic stethoscopes or accessories - Electronic stethoscopes
  • Glucose monitors or meters - Glucometers
  • Hematology analyzers - Activated clotting time ACT lab equipment
  • Hypodermic needle - Venipuncture needles
  • Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories - Indeflators; Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
  • Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories - Arterial line stop-cocks; Pressure tubing
  • Intravenous or arterial extension tubing - Intravenous IV tubing
  • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors - Intravenous IV locks
  • Introducer or guide pin or guidewire or glidewire for non endoscopic surgical or open heart procedures - Guidewires
  • Lancets - Sterile blood lancets
  • Laser printers - Thermal printers
  • Lightmeters - Light meters
  • Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems - Holter monitors; Portable electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory - Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment - Fluoroscopes
  • Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors - Film processing equipment
  • Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS - Image capturing and transmission systems; Image storage systems; Scan converters
  • Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes - Lead aprons; Lead collars
  • Medical syringe without needle - Intravenous IV syringes
  • Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use - X ray machines
  • Mercury blood pressure units - Mercury sphygmomanometers
  • Notebook computers
  • Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies - Nitric oxide administration equipment; Oxygen therapy systems
  • Perfusion oxygenators or accessories - 3, 4, and 5 stopcock manifolds
  • Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use - Over-the-needle intravenous IV catheters
  • Personal computers
  • Pulmonary function calculators - Computerized lung analyzers
  • Pulse oximeter units - Oximeters
  • Removal devices of diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets - Transluminal extraction catheters
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies - Spirometers
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories - C-clamps; Myocardial biopsy forceps
  • Surgical equipment stands or accessories - Surgical trays/tables
  • Surgical lasers or accessories - Lasers
  • Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories - Microscopes
  • Surgical purstring devices - Suture devices
  • Tablet computers
  • Tourniquets
  • Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy - Therapeutic treadmill exercisers
  • Ultracentrifuges
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers - Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Vascular filter - Bird's nest inferior vena caval filters; Caval filters; Distal embolic protection devices; Vena caval filters
  • Vascular imaging guidewire - Radi pressure wires; Wave wires


  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.


  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Speed of Closure - The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
  • Time Sharing - The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).


  • Interest code: RIS
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Contact With Others - 94% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Physical Proximity - 89% responded “Very close (near touching).”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 84% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 73% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 80% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled - 89% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 66% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 61% responded “Every day.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 68% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 72% responded “Every day.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 62% responded “Very important results.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 65% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 71% responded “Every day.”
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks - 54% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 45% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions - 45% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Electronic Mail - 50% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections - 55% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 42% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Consequence of Error - 52% responded “Extremely serious.”
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People - 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 36% responded “Very important.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 42% responded “Very high responsibility.”
  • Exposed to Radiation - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 36% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations - 43% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 35% responded “Moderate responsibility.”
  • Spend Time Sitting - 27% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 35% responded “Less than half the time.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
63%Associate's degree
13%Post-secondary certificate
10%High school diploma or equivalent

Work Styles

  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • 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.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • 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.
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
  • Social Orientation - Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Leadership - Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $26.57 hourly, $55,270 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 55,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 3,500

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