Demand for Cardiovascular Technicians Grow as the Population Ages
Cardiovascular technicians use a variety of imaging technology such as ultrasound to view the heart and blood vessel system in patients for issues such as blood clots or other ailments. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics*, the career outlook for cardiovascular technicians is growing much faster than other careers at an average industry growth of almost 30 percent.
A cardiovascular technician works with cardiologists and other physicians by performing ultrasounds on patients to view the person’s overall cardiovascular system. The technician then reviews the ultrasound images, looks for normal and abnormal image results, and consults with the doctor to discuss the image results. The cardiovascular technician also maintains and tracks the patient’s records, such as a medical history, and responds to questions that the patient may have about the ultrasound procedure or other issues. Sometimes a cardiovascular technician will assist the doctor in performing a more invasive treatment procedure like inserting a catheter into the patient’s artery.
The job outlook for cardiovascular technicians is bright, with a projected increase in employment of almost 30 percent between 2010 and 2020. As of 2010, approximately 50,000 people were employed in the field, which is projected to increase to almost 64,000 by 2020, according to the BLS.
One of the primary reasons for this change is that the overall U.S. population is aging, which means that more people are going to be subject to more ailments, including heart problems. People are also living longer, which means that more people may develop cardiovascular problems that continue for many years.
In addition, as cardiovascular medical technology improves and changes, much of the diagnostic tools used by a cardiovascular technician will be available in doctors' offices as well as hospitals, which means that more technicians are needed to operate the machines for these doctors.
Cardiovascular technicians will need to complete an Associate or Bachelor’s degree in cardiovascular technology. Some of the classes associated with cardiovascular technology include anatomy, biology, medical terminology and physiology. Learn more about cardiovascular technician training today.