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Cardiac Sonography Careers

photo of an electrocardiogram

Cardiovascular technologists may:

  • schedule appointments
  • perform ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures
  • review doctors’ interpretations and patient files
  • monitor patients’ heart rates
  • operate and care for testing equipment
  • explain test procedures to patients
  • compare findings to a standard to identify problems

Cardiovascular technologists may specialize in any of three areas of practice: invasive cardiology, echocardiography or vascular technology. Echocardiography includes giving electrocardiograms (EKGs) and sonograms of the heart.

About three out of four jobs for cardiovascular technologists are in hospitals (public and private), 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.

Cardiac Sonography at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Cardiac Sonography program? Take a look at Cardiac Sonography at a Glance for a short summary of what an echocardiology technologist does.

Employment Outlook

A national shortage of qualified technologists ensures that graduates of El Centro’s Cardiac Sonography program experience excellent job opportunities, both locally and nationally.

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

Although the following job titles and salaries are listed by America’s Career Infonet, please note that salaries vary widely according to size of the employing business as well as the employee’s levels of education and qualification. Average salaries for echocardiographers are more in line with those of sonographers but still may be higher in the Dallas area than indicated below.

The Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography provides salary and benefit information to its members. 

Job Title Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2022
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians $24.16 $50,300 +44%
Diagnostic medical sonographers $231.53 $65,600 +58%