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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 891
Undergraduate Certificate 297
Bachelor’s Degree 165
Basic Certificate 54

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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to cardiovascular technology/technologist:

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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

As a cardiovascular technology/technologist major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with cardiovascular technology/technologist:

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?

891 Associate's Degrees Annually
76% Percent Women
39% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 76% 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:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 54
Black or African American 56
Hispanic or Latino 209
White 531
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 33

Geographic Diversity

Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist appeals to people across the globe. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Cardiovascular Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $58,730 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to cardiovascular technology/technologist. 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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Some degrees associated with cardiovascular technology/technologist may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for cardiovascular technology/technologist careers below.

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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 2019-2020 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 16 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 7 0
Associate’s Degree 62 0
Bachelor’s Degree 3 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 2 0
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) 25,604
Physician Assistant 10,746
Radiologic Technology 9,366
Surgical Technology 7,150
Respiratory Care Therapy 7,025
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,400
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapy 5,275
Athletic Training 4,467
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,975
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 689
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 598
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology 506
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 361
Polysomnography 243
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 123
Mammography Technician/Technology 74
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 47
Cardiopulmonary Technology 45
Hearing Instrument Specialist 25
Gene/Genetic Therapy 13
Orthopedic Technology 0

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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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