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Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Go Back to List
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.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Ultracentrifuges
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  • Lancets
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  • Tourniquets
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  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
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  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Office suite software
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  • Inventory management software
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  • Internet browser software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
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  • Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
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  • Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
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  • Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
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  • 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.
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  • Prepare and position patients for testing.
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  • Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.
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  • 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.
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  • Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
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  • Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
  •  Skills
     
  • 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.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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  • 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.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related Experience:   Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $73,153.00 $35.17  $24.08  $27.36 - $42.14 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $66,875.00 $32.15  $22.29  $24.17 - $38.55 
    Hartford $71,847.00 $34.54  $23.68  $28.21 - $41.90 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2014 - 2024 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   17
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
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