WHAT THEY DO:
Cardiac Sonography Technologists use high-frequency sound waves to form images of the heart and circulatory systems, which are then used to diagnose and assess cardiac difficulties and proper blood flow patterns in patients.
General duties include preparing equipment, prepping patients and explaining procedures, reading the images and reporting their findings to a cardiologist. Most sonographers work a 5-day, 40-hour work week in a hospital setting, physician’s offices, mobile services, and educational institutions. The images and test results help physicians assess and diagnose medical conditions. Some technologists assist physicians and surgeons during surgical procedures.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
Required Education: Minimum of Associate’s Degree
Cardiovascular technicians should also seek certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) as some states also require licensure to practice.
Median Salary: $60,350
The median annual wage for Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians was $54,330 in May 2014 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $84,940.
The median annual wage for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers was $67,530 in May 2014 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $93,850.
This varied field is expecting much faster than average rates of growth, with a prediction of approximately 42,700 new positions nationwide by 2020. As the need for cardiac sonography technologists increases throughout America, the potential for choosing ideal living locations is high. Predicted Rise in Employment: Predicted 39% Rise between 2012 and 2020