DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
29-2031 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
Occupational Description: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.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 11 - 7 County Twin Cities||490||91||$28.33/hr||$0.64/hr||$19.01/hr||$23.43/hr||$27.89/hr||$33.80/hr||$39.36/hr|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Nuclear Medicine Technologists||150||$35.08/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
- Operates diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.
- Activates fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system.
- Injects contrast medium into blood vessels of patient.
- Conducts electrocardiogram, phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, and other cardiovascular tests, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, and laboratory instruments.
- Conducts tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer and other respiratory testing equipment.
- Observes gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system, during imaging of cardiovascular system.
- Records variations in action of heart muscle, using electrocardiograph.
- Observes ultrasound display screen and listens to signals to acquire data for measurement of blood flow velocities.
- Assesses cardiac physiology and calculates valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.
- Alerts physician to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
- Explains testing procedures to patient to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
- Records test results and other data into patient s record.
- Reviews test results with physician.
- Prepares and positions patients for testing.
- Adjusts equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
- Enters factors such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer.
- Compares measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.
- Records analyses of heart and related structures, using ultrasound equipment.
- Operates monitor to measure and record functions of cardiovascular and pulmonary systems, as part of cardiac catheterization team.