Cardiovascular Technician

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Job Description

Cardiovascular technicians perform diagnostic tests to help physicians diagnose problems with the heart and blood vessels. They work very closely with cardiovascular technologists, and assist with catheterizations, electrocardiograms (EKGs), lung capacity tests, and other diagnostic tests.

How to Become a Cardiovascular Technician

Most employers prefer to hire candidates who have an associate's degree or bachelor's degree. Without a degree, it isn't possible to earn a certification.

Certifications are important in this occupation, because many insurance providers won't pay for services if they aren't administered by a certified technician. To become certified, technicians need to graduate from an accredited program and pass a test. There are numerous certifications available, and the one you choose should align with your chosen area of specialty.

How to start early

In high school it would be best to take health classes. You can also volunteer at Hospitals, physician's offices, diagnostic laboratories