Cardiovascular technology is an allied health profession specifically focused on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiac and vascular disease. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians (CVT) hold about 50,000 jobs in the United States.
CVTs work in hospitals, primarily in cardiology departments. The remaining jobs are mostly in offices of physicians, including cardiologists, or in medical and diagnostic laboratories, including diagnostic imaging centers.
The most common level of education completed by cardiovascular technologists and technicians is an associate degree. The majority of technologists complete a 2-year junior or community college program.
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians can advance into supervisory or management positions. Other common possibilities include working in an educational setting or conducting laboratory work.
CVTs salaries vary based upon level of experience, expertise, geographical location, place of employment and length of time of employment. Entry-level salaries range from $36,000 to $45,000. The overall average is $50,000 to $65,000, with the upper-level ranges from $75,000 plus.