Imaging & Diagnostic Testing

Cardiovascular Technologist

Career Progression

Entry Level


Mid Level

Cardiovascular Technologist

Senior Level

Interventional Cardiologist

Pathway Category

Mid-Level: These positions pay more than those at the entry level, but also often require some related work experience and additional education, such as a technical training/certificate, two-year associate’s degree, or four-year bachelor’s degree. This is generally the point where workers have identified a career they enjoy and begin fine-tuning their skills and earning related licensures. Some experienced workers from other industries or students who have completed internships or apprenticeship training programs may be able to enter at this elevated level.

What does a person in this career do?

You have an eye for detail! You’re more comfortable working behind-the-scenes by running tests and evaluations that help to investigate, diagnose, and treat patients. Your sharp mind and problem solving abilities work best when put to use in a laboratory or other facility with less direct contact with the general public.

Occupations in the Imaging & Diagnostic Testing family often play a supportive role in running tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, or other physical conditions. This is one of the fastest growing areas of health sciences and offers a great way to enter the field without extensive education and experience requirements. These professionals will have some direct patient interaction, such as when drawing blood or taking X-rays, but most of their time is spent in laboratories or other off-site locations while remotely assisting health care professionals by conducting prescribed tests, investigating results, and communicating findings. These professionals may also make recommendations for additional tests or specialized treatments based on their findings. These roles are great for people who are curious, have an attention to detail, and like to solve puzzles or problems. New and exciting innovations to technology and medicine will continue to expand the opportunities in this family, especially in the areas of genetic testing, DNA sequencing, and on-demand advanced health screenings.

Description of duties

Perform medical tests for use in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases and other medical conditions in humans. Receive, prepare, and test blood or tissue samples for further analysis and development of medical treatments and corrective measures. Clean, sterilize, and maintain instruments and equipment to ensure a safe and accurate testing environment.

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Cardiovascular Technologist

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Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Medical Equipment and Software
  • Measuring and Data Analysis
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Active Listening and Critical Thinking
  • Radiology and X-Ray Technology

Other Job Titles

  • CV Rad Tech
  • Cardiovascular Technician
  • Vascular Technologist
  • Cardiac Laboratory Technologist
  • Cardiac Technician
  • Cardiopulmonary Technician