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Cardiovascular Technology

880 Associates's Degrees Annually
205 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#47 in Popularity (Associate's)
$58,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Cardiovascular Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many cardiovascular technology/technologist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 883
Undergraduate Certificate 270
Bachelor’s Degree 205
Basic Certificate 71

What Cardiovascular Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to cardiovascular technology/technologist and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in cardiovascular technology/technologist should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Majors

When studying cardiovascular technology/technologist, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a cardiovascular technology/technologist student include the following:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

What Can You Do With a Cardiovascular Technology Major?

People with a cardiovascular technology/technologist degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 10.0% $56,850

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Cardiovascular Technology?

883 Associate's Degrees Annually
73% Percent Women
45% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 73% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of cardiovascular technology/technologist majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 48
Black or African American 81
Hispanic or Latino 237
White 466
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 44

Geographic Diversity

Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist appeals to people across the globe. About 0.8% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Cardiovascular Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $58,730 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Cardiovascular Technology Major  ( 58730 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with cardiovascular technology/technologist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to cardiovascular technology/technologist have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 6.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 9.6%
Some College Courses 5.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 43.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 6.1%
Master’s Degree 12.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 2.6%
Doctoral Degree 8.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.4%

Online Cardiovascular Technology Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 90 schools offered some type of cardiovascular technology/technologist program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 10 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 15 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 8 0
Associate’s Degree 59 2
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 10 1
Master’s Degree 2 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Cardiovascular Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a cardiovascular technology/technologist grad is $58,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 47% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $376,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to cardiovascular technology/technologist.

Major Number of Grads
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 28,841
Radiologic Technology 9,673
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7,958
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,034
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,530
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5,297
Athletic Training 4,064
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,908
Physician Assistant 811
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 773
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 645
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 580
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 337
Polysomnography 322
Mammography Technician/Technology 73
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 53
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist 43
Hearing Instrument Specialist 39
Gene/Genetic Therapy 17
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 10

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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