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Cardiovascular Technologist & technicians

Job Prognosis: Strong & Growing

Much of the health care industry relies on testing and analyzing of treatments and results, so opportunities for Cardiovascular technologist & technicians are growing due to the rapid increase in medical technology. Sonographs are a helpful tool that needs mastering as there is a shortage of experts.

Cardiovascular Technologist & Technicians perform and analyze tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. They may or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catherization, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar test. Other functions performed are monitoring patients blood pressure, comfort, heart rate, and safety during a test. They also assist surgeons with vascular procedures, such as preparing balloons and stents. Cardiovascular Technologists and technicians are in high demand as the Gulf Coast's Texas Medical Center continues to increase the use of laboratory testing for early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease

The number of Cardiovascular Technologists and technicians is expected to increase by 16% percent between 2018 and 2028.

16% Growth

Growth 27 Retirements 44 Transfers 54

It is anticipated that 125 new Cardiovascular Technologists will be needed each year in the Gulf Coast, with more than half earning over $50,000 a year!
Entry $32,532 Median $52,296 Experienced $72,473

What are Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists' interests?

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as a laboratory technologist. The following data describes the relative importance of each knowledge/skill area from the opinion of those in the industry.

                      .                 78.6% 


Everything surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of human injuries and ailments, including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

   .                                     78.2%


Everything about organisms' structures, functions, interdependencies, interactions, and survival in its environment

  .                                     77.2%

Customer & Personal Service

Meeting the expected quality of customer satisfaction when interacting with customer and potential customers

*Source: Texas Career Check.

How do you become a Medical Laboratory Technologist?

High School Endorsement: Public Service | STEM

While technicians may only need an associate's degree from a community college or vocational program, medical and clinical laboratory technologists are required to have a bachelor's degree in medical technology or in one of the life sciences. Degree programs require strengths in chemistry, biological sciences, microbiology, mathematics, and statistics. It is also possible to qualify through a combination of education, on-the-job training and specialized training to become a technician, working your way up to technologist as skills become more honed.

Helpful Tech to Get Ahead

  • Analytical or Scientific Software: Minitab
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software:  SAP
  • Medical Software: MEDITECH software
  • Spreadsheet & Presentation Software:  Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint

Certification & Advancement Opportunities Many employers prefer applicants who are certified by a recognized professional association. The following agencies have different requirements for certification and different organizational sponsors:

Experienced medical and clinical laboratory technologists are able to advance their careers by moving into supervisory positions. Some advance to become administrators who plan and oversee all laboratory operations.

Cardiovascular Technologist and Life Science Programs in the Gulf Coast Region Universities

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.