Cardiovascular Technologist Careers
In the constantly evolving field of medical technology, employers are always looking for professionals who have the skills to take advantage of these new medical and technological advances. Technologists and technicians in the medical imaging field are in demand. With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the Unites States, hospitals and clinics need trained cardiovascular technologists and technicians to help diagnose cardiovascular issues and diseases.
Using cardiovascular imaging technology, cardiovascular technologists and technicians assist physicians in diagnosing heart disease and vascular disease in patients. They may also assist with the treatment of cardiac and vascular problems like blood clots. As cardiovascular imaging technology improves and allows for less invasive procedures, applying to cardiovascular technologist schools may present opportunities for advancement in a growing career.
Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician Salary: 2012 Ranges and Other Information
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for cardiovascular technologists was $52,070 nationally in 2012 (BLS.gov/oes, 2013). In 2012, BLS statistics show the national mean hourly wage for cardiovascular technologists to be slightly below the $28.45 mean wage for all diagnostic-related technologists and technicians (BLS.gov/enr,2013). Still, the BLS reports that, nationally, the top 25 percent of cardiovascular technologists are earning over $67,520, with the top 10 percent earning over $80,790 annually (BLS.gov/oes, 2013).
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians can be found working in a variety of different work environments. Typically, workers in this occupation work in medical offices and hospitals. The BLS reports that the highest paying locations for this occupation in 2012 were specialty hospitals, physicians offices, management of companies and enterprises, outpatient care centers, and offices of other health practitioners (BLS.gov/oes, 2013).
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians are needed in every state across the country. However, the highest-paying states for this occupation are generally found on either the east or west coast. According to the BLS, (BLS.gov/oes, 2013) the top five highest-paying states in annual mean wage for cardiovascular technologists in 2012 were:
- Alaska ($80,310)
- Washington ($66,920)
- New Jersey ($66,640)
- Massachusetts (66,050)
- District of Columbia ($66,000)
The BLS (BLS.gov/oes, 2013) reports that the five metropolitan areas paying the highest annual mean wages in 2012 include:
- Anchorage Metropolitan Area, Alaska ($82,480)
- Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton Metropolitan Area, Massachusetts ($81,630)
- Stockton Metropolitan Area, California ($78,030)
- Oxnard-Tousand Oaks-Ventura Metropolitan Area, California ($75,080)
- Las Cruces Metropolitan Area, New Mexico ($72,760)
In addition to being the fifth-highest paying metropolitan area for this occupation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development ranks New Mexico in the top 15 states in terms of cost-of-living. Overall, New Mexico ranks as the 11th-highest paying state in terms of annual median cardiovascular technologist salary in 2012.
Cardiovascular Technologist Education: Online and Beyond
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians should have good interpersonal skills, show attention to detail, and be able to work on their feet. An associate's degree is usually required for this occupation, although some cardiovascular technologists may be trained on the job. In addition to the degree work, employers may require professional certification training. While cardiovascular technologist schools are still typically held in a traditional on-campus setting, some certificate programs can be found online.
Employment Outlook and Job Prospects for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for cardiovascular technologists is best for those who are willing to relocate or work flexible hours (BLS.gov/ooh, 2012). Those who hold multiple professional credentials and are trained in a wide variety of procedures may also fare better. The BLS expects job growth to increase by 29 percent from 2010 to 2020, which far outpaces the 14 percent expected increase for the average of all jobs (BLS.gov/ooh, 2012). As the population ages, diagnostic needs likely increase, and new imaging technology advances, the demand for cardiovascular technologists and technicians may increase as well.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition," Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians and Vascular Technologists, May 2, 2012
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012," Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians, March 29, 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292031.htm#%289%29
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Economic News Release," National employment and wage data from the Occupational Employment Statistics survey by occupation, May 2012, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/ocwage.t01.htm
Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, "Cost of Living Data Series 2nd Quarter 2013," 2013, http://www.missourieconomy.org/indicators/cost_of_living/index.stm