Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
On the Job
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians conduct tests on the pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients. They work under the direction of a physician. They may monitor patients' blood pressure and other health indicators. They may conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, and other tests.
This career requires good eyesight.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
- Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
- Maintain sterile operative fields.
- Position patients for treatment or examination.
- Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
- Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
Typical Working Conditions
- Frequent contact with others.
- Close physical proximity with other people.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Working with a group or team.
- Using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
- Frequent decision-making.
- Meeting strict deadlines.
- Wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, hard hats, or life jackets.
- Exposure to disease or infections.
- Dealing with unpleasant or angry people.
- Responsibility for others' health and safety.
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