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Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists

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NOC:3217
Occupation:Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists
Category:Health

About the job

Nature of work:

Cardiology technologists operate electrocardiogram equipment and use medical imaging technologies to record cardiac activity of patients to aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of heart disease. Electrophysiological diagnostic technologists, not elsewhere classified, operate electroencephalographic, electromyographic and other electrophysiological diagnostic equipment to assist physicians in diagnosing diseases, injuries and abnormalities. Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists who are supervisors or instructors are included in this group. They are employed in clinics, hospitals and medical laboratories.

Job duties:
Cardiology technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Operate electrocardiogram and other electronic equipment to record cardiac activity of patients.
  • Perform cardiovascular procedures and tests, such as electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance tests, ambulatory monitoring and scanning of tapes, holter arrhythmia scanning, pacemaker analysis and follow-up.
  • Record and assess cardiac activity and provide preliminary reports of tests.
  • Provide patients with care during procedures and tests.
  • Prepare reports for interpretation by cardiologists.
  • Reprogram pacemakers according to required standards.
  • Check, calibrate and perform routine maintenance of cardiology equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • May analyze tests and notify physician or other health care professionals of abnormalities.
  • May administer certain drugs under direct supervision of physician.
  • May document and record pacemaker implant threshold measurements under direct supervision of cardiac surgeon.
  • May supervise and train students, other cardiology technologists and nurses.
Electrophysiological technologists perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Review patient's case history and assess nature of problem to determine procedures and tests required.
  • Attach diagnostic equipment to patients and ensure their comfort and safety.
  • Operate diagnostic equipment such as electroencephalographic and evoked potential equipment to record the electrical activity of the brain and cranial and central nervous systems.
  • Operate electromyographic equipment to conduct electrophysiological nerve conduction velocity tests and to assist physicians in conducting electrophysiological tests such as muscle strength and repetitive stimulation.
  • Take notes on the recorded graph to identify interference such as poor electrode contact or patient movement.
  • Prepare recordings and reports of findings for physicians to aid in the diagnosis of neurological disorders.
  • Check, calibrate and perform routine maintenance of diagnostic equipment.
  • Train and supervise students, technicians or other electroencephalograph technologists.
Sample job titles:
  • cardiology technician
  • cardiovascular technologist
  • echoencephalography technician
  • electrocardiographic (ECG) technologist
  • electrocardiology technician
  • electroencephalograph (EEG) technologist
  • electromyography (EMG) technician
  • vascular technologist
Skills:

To work in these fields, you should be interested in medicine and health. Manual dexterity and good coordination are necessary. You must be able to deal with people in a mature, tactful, and professional way. You should also be comfortable working with instruments, apparatus, and technology. A background in science would be helpful.

Job requirements:
  • Cardiology technologists require completion of a two-year college diploma program in cardiology technology and supervised practical training.
  • Cardiology technologists require registration with the Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Electroencephalograph and other diagnostic technologists require completion of a two-year college or hospital-based program in electrophysiology technology and supervised practical training.
  • Registration with the Canadian Board of Electroencephalograph Technologists is available for electroencephalograph technologists and is usually required by employers.
  • Registration with the Association of Electromyography Technologists of Canada is available for electromyography technologists and is usually required by employers.
Other considerations:

Although the majority of people in these jobs are employed full-time, part-time and casual work arrangements are common.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Undetermined

This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs are typically permanent positions.

The median employment income for 60% of Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $52,976. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists95xxx
Minimum:  N/A
Median:  N/A
Maximum:  N/A
Minimum:  N/A
Median: $41,103
Maximum:  N/A
Occupations in Health36,515Strong growth4,385Low
Minimum: $16.38
Median: $25.50
Maximum: $41.00
Minimum: $10,740
Median: $43,853
Maximum: $88,944
Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic TechnologistsCompared to: Occupations in Health
Percent employed full-time60%77%
Percent self-employed6%10%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentCardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic TechnologistsCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern9%x12%$30,581
Northern32%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton27%x13%$32,974
Halifax32%x47%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeCardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic TechnologistsCompared to: All Health
% Employed% Employed
15-24x1%
25-3431%15%
35-44x28%
45-5431%31%
55-6431%20%
65+x5%
Median Age4844
GenderCardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic TechnologistsCompared to: Occupations in Health
% Employed% Employed
Female100%84%
Male0%16%
EducationCardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic TechnologistsCompared to: All Health
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax1.1%$27,581
High school9.1%x6.9%$24,119
Trades certificate9.1%x5.0%$31,728
College certificate or diploma63.6%$67,05839.4%$36,693
University certificate or diplomaN/Ax4.8%$50,769
Bachelor's degree18.2%$62,11627.6%$57,186
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax2.3%$61,833
Master's degree9.1%x5.1%$87,808
DoctorateN/Ax0.7%$70,843
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax7.2%$83,000
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists
Q.E.II Health Sciences Centre, Neuroservices, Room 3841, New Halifax Infirmary
Halifax, NS B3H 3A7
Tel: (902) 473-2136
Recreation Nova Scotia
5516 Spring Garden Road, Suite 309
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Tel: (902) 425-1128
Fax: (902) 422-8201
info@recreationns.ns.ca
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
info@hcsc.ca
Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists
PO Box 3121
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4E6
registrar@csct.ca
Canadian Board of Registration of Electroencephalograph Technologists, Inc.
555 University Ave 6th Floor Atruim 6C
Toronto, M5G 1X8
Tel: (416) 813-6545
Fax: (416) 813-6709
roy.sharma@sickkids.ca
The Association of Electromyography Technologists of Canada
,
AETC@aetc.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Cardiovascular technology/technologist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform invasive, non-invasive, and peripheral examinations of the cardiovascular system at the request of physicians to aid in diagnoses and therapeutic treatments. These programs include courses in reviewing and recording patient histories and clinical data; patient care; investigative and examination procedures; diagnostic procedures; data analysis and documentation; physician consultation; equipment operation and monitoring; and professional standards and ethics.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.