EKG technicians monitor the readings, make sure the machine is attached properly and in working order, and records the results of the EKG tests. In addition, EKG techs might take a patient’s medical history, ask questions, keep equipment in good working order, check the quality of recorded data, and help technologists and physicians during procedures.
- Work directly with patients, and must come in physical contact with them at a time they may be uncomfortable
- Good communication skills and welcoming demeanor
- Operate complex equipment that records and measures heart activity
- With additional training EKG technicians may specialize in areas such as cardiac catheterization, Holter monitoring, phonocardiography, stress testing, and vectorcardiography.
- Standard 40 hour weeks
- Workplace flexibility
- Position longevity
- Projected 29% growth from 2010-2020
- Various practices need EKG techs (hospitals, laboratories, private cardiology clinics)
- With medical imaging technology advancing, hospitals and labs will need more technicians