Cardiology Technologists and Electrophysiological Diagnostic Technologists

(NOC 3217)

in All Health

Cardiology technologists use medical imaging technologies to record cardiac activity of patients to help diagnose and treat heard disease. Electrophysiological diagnostic technologists use diagnostic equipment to help physicians diagnose, injuries, and abnormalities. Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists who are supervisors or instructors are included in this group. They work for clinics, hospitals, and medical laboratories.

Job Outlook

Undetermined

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  • Estimate change in employment not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate openings due to growth and retirements not available for this occupation.
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for this occupation.

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate 705 employment change, 2019-2021
  • Estimate 3180 openings due to growth and retirements, 2018-2020
  • Estimate rate of unemployment not available for these occupation.

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.

The median employment income for 50% 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)

Hourly Pay

$26.00

Minimum

$27.90

Median

$29.77

Maximum

Annual Pay

N/A

Minimum

$41,103

Median

N/A

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$30.45

Median

$41.35

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

Cardiology technologists use medical imaging technologies to record cardiac activity of patients to help diagnose and treat heard disease. Electrophysiological diagnostic technologists use diagnostic equipment to help physicians diagnose, injuries, and abnormalities. Cardiology technologists and electrophysiological diagnostic technologists who are supervisors or instructors are included in this group. They work for clinics, hospitals, and medical laboratories.

Job duties

Cardiology technologists:

  • Use equipment to record cardiac activity of patients.
  • Complete cardiovascular procedures and tests like 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 maintain cardiology equipment to make sure it works properly.
  • 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:

  • 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.
  • Use diagnostic equipment to record the electrical activity of the brain and cranial and central nervous systems.
  • Use electromyographic equipment to carry out electrophysiological nerve conduction velocity tests and to help physicians complete tests like muscle strength and repetitive stimulation.
  • Take notes on the recorded graph to identify interference like poor electrode contact or patient movement.
  • Prepare recordings and reports of findings for physicians to help diagnose neurological disorders.
  • Check, calibrate, and maintain 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

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 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 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

While most people in these jobs work full-time, part-time and casual work arrangements are common.

By the numbers

Quick look

110

employed in 2016

50.0%

employed full-time

0.0%

self employed

95.5%
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4.5%
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48.3

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

75.7%

employed full-time

9.6%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

29.2%

North Shore

29.2%

Halifax

25.0%

Cape Breton

8.3%

Southern

8.3%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

North Shore

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

100.0%

Health care and social assistance

What is the age of Employment?

27.0%

55-64

23.0%

45-54

23.0%

25-34

18.0%

35-44

9.0%

65+

Compared to: All Health

24.0%

25-34

23.9%

45-54

21.9%

35-44

18.4%

55-64

7.7%

15-24

Top levels of education

60.9%

College Diploma

$41,002 median annual income
17.4%

Bachelor

N/A
8.7%

Apprenticeship

N/A
8.7%

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry

N/A

Compared to: All Health

38.4%

College Diploma

$40,033 median annual income
27.1%

Bachelor

$61,668 median annual income
8.7%

Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry

$81,191 median annual income
6.8%

High school

$24,829 median annual income
5.1%

Master

$69,296 median annual income

Education & training

Cardiovascular technology/technologist

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class includes 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.

Employment requirements & contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile

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
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
Canadian Society of Cardiology Technologists
PO Box 3121
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4E6
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
The Association of Electromyography Technologists of Canada
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