The 10 Best Jobs with an Associate Degree
AllHealthcare, CareerVoyages.gov, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
7. Cardiovascular Technologist and Technician
Cardiovascular technologists and technicians assist physicians in diagnosing and treating cardiac (heart) and peripheral vascular (blood vessel) ailments. Cardiovascular technologists and technicians schedule appointments, perform ultrasound or cardiovascular procedures, review doctors’ interpretations and patient files, and monitor patients’ heart rates. Cardiovascular technologists may specialize in any of three areas of practice: invasive cardiology, echocardiography, or vascular technology.
Most cardiovascular technologists and technicians complete 2-year associate degrees that being with a year of core courses like anatomy and physics, and end with a year of courses focuses on an area of specialization. Not all states require certification, but it is available.
Employment for cardiovascular technologists and technicians will increase dramatically as the population ages. Due to advances in medicine and greater public awareness, signs of vascular disease can be detected earlier, creating demand for cardiovascular technologists and technicians to perform various procedures.
Projected Need: 18,000
Projected Growth: 18-26%
Median Hourly Wage: $20/hr
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