Employment is expected to grow
much faster than the average; technologists and technicians with multiple
professional credentials, trained to perform a wide range of procedures, will
have the best prospects.
Employment change. Employment of
cardiovascular technologists and technicians is expected to increase 24 percent
through the year 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand
will stem from the prevalence of heart disease and the aging population, because
older people have a higher incidence of heart disease and other complications of
the heart and vascular system. Procedures such as ultrasound imaging and
radiology are being performed more often as a replacement for more expensive and
more invasive procedures. Due to advances in medicine and greater public
awareness, signs of vascular disease can be detected earlier, creating demand
for cardiovascular technologists and technicians to perform various procedures.
Employment of vascular technologists and echocardiographers will grow as
advances in vascular technology and sonography reduce the need for more costly
and invasive procedures. However, fewer EKG technicians will be needed, as
hospitals train nursing aides and others to perform basic EKG procedures.
Individuals trained in Holter monitoring and stress testing are expected to have
more favorable job prospects than those who can perform only a basic EKG.
The rules governing reimbursement by Medicare and Medicaid for medical
procedures will affect the frequency of their use and demand for imaging
Job prospects. In addition to job growth,
job openings for cardiovascular technologists and technicians will arise from
replacement needs as individuals transfer to other jobs or leave the labor
force. Job prospects will be best for those with multiple professional
credentials, trained to perform a wide range of procedures. Those willing to
relocate or work irregular hours also will have better job opportunities.
It is not uncommon for cardiovascular technologists and technicians to move
between the specialties within the occupation by obtaining certification in more
than one specialty. Technologists with multiple credentials will be the most
marketable to employers.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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