Career Summary for Cardiovascular Tech

A cardiovascular technician supports the physician in the diagnosing and treating of patients with cardiac or vascular problems and illnesses. The technician is responsible for monitoring heart rate, maintaining the cardiac testing equipment, performing many tests such as ultrasounds and interpreting the test results. The technician is typically responsible for appointment scheduling as well as maintaining patient files including the review of the physician's findings and interpretations.

There are 3 recognized career paths for the Cardiovascular Technologist or Technician. Those are the paths of invasive cardiology (assisting a physician with invasive types of procedures), vascular technology (assisting a physician treating circulatory problems) and electrocardiography (administering EKG, stress and Holter Monitor testing) , all of which require some specialized training and education. About 75% of all tech jobs are in a hospital setting with the rest being in private practice.

A candidate can become a cardiovascular tech with 2 years of training in an accredited program at a junior college or a community college. There are also some 4 year schools that offer these types of programs. Only some states require licensing. Interestingly, many cardiac practitioners prefer to train candidates for these types of jobs who are already in the health care field. It's not unusual for a candidate to pursue a formal education program while working part time in training.

Cardiovascular Technician: Jobs, Careers, and Schools

Metro Area Employment Data for Cardiovascular Technician

Employment info for Cardiovascular Technician, by major US metro area. The Popularity Index shows how common jobs for Cardiovascular Technician are in the area. An Index of 1.0 means the area has an average number of people in the job compared to its population. A higher index indicates proportionally more jobs.

StateMetro AreaJobsMean SalaryPopularity Index
AlabamaBirmingham280$42,6502.06
AlabamaMobile140$35,5103.16
AlabamaMontgomery40$33,8000.92
ArizonaFlagstaff90$50,9407.5
ArizonaPhoenix610$42,6301.2
ArizonaTucson180$45,4301.87
ArkansasFayetteville50$47,0601.1
ArkansasFort Smith40$35,3201.32
ArkansasLittle Rock170$41,0001.94
CaliforniaFresno70$48,5500.8
CaliforniaLos Angeles940$49,6200.83
CaliforniaOakland140$57,6000.49
CaliforniaRiverside230$52,1400.65
CaliforniaSacramento150$49,9100.6
CaliforniaSan Diego210$53,2000.58
CaliforniaSan Francisco120$57,1200.45
CaliforniaSan Jose190$69,4600.77
CaliforniaSanta Ana180$52,4100.42
CaliforniaSanta Barbara40$34,2000.89
CaliforniaSanta Rosa50$65,6400.98
CaliforniaStockton40$47,9500.73
ColoradoBoulder40$52,6101.09
ColoradoDenver340$44,4001.03
ConnecticutBridgeport70 0.6
ConnecticutHartford170$45,8701.13
ConnecticutNew Haven50$61,8700.68
ConnecticutNorwich40$42,8501.29
District of ColumbiaWashington580$52,0300.91
FloridaDeltona120$30,9302.87
FloridaFort Lauderdale310$34,6701.54
FloridaJacksonville270$39,8501.67
FloridaLakeland90$36,2601.7
FloridaMiami520$33,4401.97
FloridaOcala60$44,1802.58
FloridaPalm Bay160$35,2603.06
FloridaPensacola80$35,1301.98
FloridaPort St Lucie70$39,3002.25
FloridaSarasota140$37,5701.82
FloridaTampa640$38,8001.91
FloridaWest Palm Beach290$46,8201.94
GeorgiaAtlanta630$41,4000.97
GeorgiaAugusta120$45,3602.2
GeorgiaSavannah40$40,3701.09
HawaiiHonolulu170$52,6701.49
IdahoBoise50$50,2800.77
IllinoisChicago1,250$46,7801.2
IllinoisRockford30$63,8700.77
IllinoisWaukegan130$64,0701.33
IndianaGary160$42,7002.18
IndianaIndianapolis220$41,5000.91
IndianaSouth Bend40$42,6101.15
KentuckyBowling Green90$34,6907.65
KentuckyLexington170$36,6702.75
KentuckyLouisville420$38,2802.62
LouisianaAlexandria30$32,2902.13
LouisianaLafayette90$33,9102.69
LouisianaLake Charles30$22,5301.49
LouisianaMonroe50$31,2202.78
LouisianaNew Orleans130$39,6201.08
LouisianaShreveport170$33,1404.1
MarylandBaltimore540$46,6301.54
MarylandBethesda100$48,6900.66
MassachusettsBoston490$53,5601.07
MassachusettsBrockton60$57,1502.7
MichiganAnn Arbor140$56,6403.16
MichiganDetroit500$44,1202.61
MichiganFlint70$54,9702
MichiganGrand Rapids180$46,6601.74
MichiganKalamazoo90$52,7302.56
MichiganLansing140$46,0902.92
MichiganWarren480$46,2601.47
MinnesotaMinneapolis530$49,8101.07
MississippiJackson160$43,8802.39
MissouriKansas City350$45,8301.28
MissouriSt Louis370$37,4901.04
NebraskaLincoln50$48,5401.25
NevadaLas Vegas430$44,1101.71
New HampshireManchester60$48,4102.39
New JerseyAtlantic City30$47,7900.86
New JerseyCamden190$52,2601.29
New JerseyEdison200$54,5100.71
New JerseyNewark250$55,2800.91
New JerseyTrenton120$48,8702
New YorkAlbany170$44,1401.44
New YorkBuffalo160$43,4301.12
New YorkNassau610 1.82
New YorkNew York1,880$49,6901.37
New YorkPoughkeepsie130$47,1302.06
New YorkRochester170$35,5601.28
New YorkSyracuse220$51,0402.62
New YorkUtica40$38,3001.23
North CarolinaAsheville90$52,7002.03
North CarolinaRaleigh170$45,7501.31
OhioAkron70$41,5000.78
OhioCincinnati360$43,1201.26
OhioCleveland460$43,6401.56
OhioColumbus190$46,2000.78
OhioDayton110$40,5801.01
OhioToledo170$41,7301.97
OklahomaOklahoma City200$31,0001.32
OklahomaTulsa190$33,1901.72
OregonPortland250$52,0900.92
PennsylvaniaAllentown230$58,0002.6
PennsylvaniaHarrisburg170$39,4702.19
PennsylvaniaLancaster60$45,6500.98
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia1,090$45,0802.1
PennsylvaniaPittsburgh690$36,8002.24
PennsylvaniaScranton100$38,6301.48
Rhode IslandProvidence220$44,6001.47
South CarolinaColumbia260$37,7802.86
South CarolinaFlorence50$39,7402.43
South DakotaSioux Falls90$41,5902.72
TennesseeChattanooga70$36,7601.16
TennesseeKnoxville190$30,9902.2
TennesseeNashville150$44,6200.74
TexasAustin100$45,3200.52
TexasCorpus Christi70$47,8401.62
TexasDallas550$43,9601
TexasEl Paso50$40,2500.79
TexasFort Worth270$40,0501.24
TexasHouston540$41,1400.82
TexasSan Antonio220$43,0501.04
UtahProvo30$43,5500.73
VirginiaRichmond140$43,1900.85
VirginiaRoanoke110$31,3502.73
VirginiaVirginia Beach560$44,9702.72
WashingtonOlympia30$57,4601.3
WashingtonSeattle260$56,3200.71
WashingtonSpokane60$48,1101.12
WashingtonTacoma70$58,8501.02
West VirginiaParkersburg30$31,6601.73
WisconsinGreen Bay50$47,6501.17
WisconsinMadison50$42,7700.58
WisconsinMilwaukee320$45,5501.38