WHY BE AN EKG TECHNICIAN?
The growing healthcare industry will add more jobs in the coming years than any other industry.* The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there were over fifty thousand cardiology technicians in 2013 and that this occupation, which includes EKG technicians, is expected to experience 22% growth by 2024. Demand for EKG technicians has increased due to rapidly evolving technology, and the decreasing cost of EKG technology also makes it more accessible for medical providers outside of hospitals.
This, coupled with the overall shift of healthcare from the inpatient setting to the outpatient setting, is expected to boost the demand for EKG technicians in doctor’s offices and diagnostic facilities. EKG technicians perform a diverse set of skills: Measure basic vital signs • Operate an EKG machine and interpret output • Perform rapid response procedures such as first aid and CPR • Prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing • Record leads, and measure and identify rhythms EKG technicians work mostly in hospitals, though increasingly, physician’s offices are hiring for this position. Salaries vary by employer, location, and experience, but PayScale** reports that the middle 50% of EKG technicians earn $30,764 a year.
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