Vascular and Echocardiography Technologist

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.

Respiratory Care Therapist

Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, check, and operate equipment.

Cardiac / Telemetry Technician

Provide advanced nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.

Description 2016 Jobs 2026 Jobs
Median Pay
Low Pay
High Pay
Vascular, Echocardiography Technologist 1,462 1,930 $24.60 $15.38 $40.83
Respiratory Care Therapist 2,620 3,301 $27.84 $21.86 $35.95
Echocardiography Technician 1,462 1,930 $24.60 $15.38 $39.90
Cardiac / Telemetry Technician 46,998 61,097 $36.85 $26.36 $47.28

General Requirements:

Cardiopulmonary technicians are health care professionals who use equipment to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases and illnesses related to the heart and lungs. These technicians work under the broad spectrum of cardiovascular technicians, but have additional responsibilities.

Cardiopulmonary technicians perform a variety of tests on patients related to the heart, breathing and cardiovascular system, similar to the role of a cardiovascular technician. They receive orders from doctors to perform specific tests on patients then prepare patients for the test procedures. They use sophisticated equipment, such as electrocardiograms, echocardiograms and sonograms, to allow physicians to diagnose and treat medical illnesses and diseases related to the functioning of the heart and lungs. Throughout the testing procedure, they monitor patients and ensure they’re comfortable. They also assist physicians and surgeons during procedures to monitor the patients with equipment.

Education requirements vary for cardiopulmonary technicians. Most employers require post-secondary education in a closely related discipline such as cardiovascular technology or respiratory therapy, resulting in at least a certificate or diploma. Associate and bachelor’s degree programs are also available. Because the occupation requires working with patients who potentially have problems with their heart or lungs, employers may also require basic life support certification or cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification. Along with patient responsibilities, cardiopulmonary technicians prepare, maintain and sanitize equipment. Before each patient’s procedure, they set up the appropriate equipment and related supplies for testing. They ensure equipment is functioning properly and contact technicians to fix equipment that does not work properly.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for cardiovascular technologists and technicians was $53,800 in Houston Metropolitan area per year as of May 2014. The number of jobs is expected to grow by 32 percent between 2016 and 2026. Job demand will be driven by advances in imaging technology that allow for less invasive procedures, requiring more tests to be done on patients before procedures. A large aging population that requires tests and procedures related to the heart will also spur

(Source: Houston Chronicle)


Areas of Study:

Associate’s Degree, Cardiopulmonary

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