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Your Career as an Echo Technologist – What You Should Know

May 19th, 2011

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Echo technologists, also known as echocardiac technologists and cardiographers, play an essential role in diagnosing and treating heart ailments.

What does a career as an echo technologist entail?

Echo technologists perform non-invasive tests on patients using sophisticated ultrasound equipment.  Tests are used to appraise blood vessels, heart valves and heart chambers to deliver images called echocardiograms (ECGs).  Echo techs can work in a variety of environments, including hospitals and medical, radiographic and ultrasound diagnostic providers. The results of tests completed are provided to cardiologists or other physicians for review.

What kind of education do I need to become an echo technologist?

An associate’s degree in cardiac sonography is required for echo technologists to work in the field. Bachelor’s degrees are available from accredited colleges and universities, and can also be beneficial in a career search. Students pursuing a degree in cardiac sonography should take courses in biology, anatomy, first aid and medical terminology.

Certification is an integral component to finding career opportunities as an echo technologist. Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI) offers prospective echo techs the opportunity to become a Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS). To achieve this designation, professionals must complete the Cardiovascular Science Examination and the Non-Invasive Echo Registry Examination.

What salary can I expect as an echo technologist?

As the population continues to age, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates significant job growth of 24 percent in the next several years. The most recent data from the Bureau found that the median salary for echo technologists stands at $47,010. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,800 and $61,580.

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