Electrocardiographic Technologist

Electrocardiographic technologists are often referred to as “ECG Techs” or “EKG Techs.” They play an important role in the cardiology departments at hospitals and medical offices. Their primary responsibility is administering electrocardiograms on patients. An electrocardiogram is a test that measures the electrical activity in the heart. Because cardiovascular disease is one of the most prevalent causes of death in the United States it’s essential that problems with the heart are caught early so that preventative measures can be taken to avoid a heart attack or to treat various forms of heart disease. When a doctor orders that an ECG be administered an electrocardiographic technologist is the person responsible for recording the medical history of the patient into a chart explaining the testing procedures to the patient attaching electrodes to various parts of the patient’s body and running the test. When the test is complete the electrocardiographic technologist prints a report that is generated by the ECG machine and provides it to the doctor. According to www.flahec.org an ECG test is considered “non-invasive.” In order to become an electrocardiographic technologist it is necessary to obtain a minimum of a certificate from a community college or vocational school but many choose to obtain a two-year associate’s degree. This career does not require a license and many technologists learn a great deal of their skills on-the-job. The website httptechniciansalary.net states that the average salary for an electrocardiographic technologist is around $24000 per year depending on location experience and level of training.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certificate
Avg Salary: $26000
High Salary: $30000
Low Salary: $22000
Tasks: Administers ECG tests on patients.
Attaches electrodes to patient's chests.
Explains testing procedures to patients.
Prints and prepares ECG reports for doctors.
Also Called: Cardiographic Technician
ECG Tech
EKG Tech
EKG Technologist
Additional Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrocardiogram_technician