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29-2031.00 - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians

Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary functions, lung capacity, and similar tests. Includes vascular technologists.

Sample of reported job titles: Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Technician, Cardiac Technician, Cardiology Technician, Cardiopulmonary Technician, Cardiovascular Technician, Cardiovascular Technologist (CVT), Electrocardiogram Technician (EKG Technician), Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS)

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
96   Core Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, stress testing, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments.
93   Core Explain testing procedures to patients to obtain cooperation and reduce anxiety.
92   Core Monitor patients' blood pressure and heart rate using electrocardiogram (EKG) equipment during diagnostic or therapeutic procedures to notify the physician if something appears wrong.
91   Core Obtain and record patient identification, medical history, or test results.
90   Core Monitor patients' comfort and safety during tests, alerting physicians to abnormalities or changes in patient responses.
90   Core Prepare and position patients for testing.
90   Core Attach electrodes to the patients' chests, arms, and legs, connect electrodes to leads from the electrocardiogram (EKG) machine, and operate the EKG machine to obtain a reading.
87   Core Adjust equipment and controls according to physicians' orders or established protocol.
78   Core Check, test, and maintain cardiology equipment, making minor repairs when necessary, to ensure proper operation.
69   Core Supervise or train other cardiology technologists or students.
93   Supplemental Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standard norms to identify abnormalities.
93   Supplemental Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
92   Supplemental Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, or cerebral circulation.
92   Supplemental Assist surgeons with vascular procedures, such as preparing balloons and stents.
91   Supplemental Assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac or peripheral vascular treatments, such as implanting pacemakers or assisting with balloon angioplasties to treat blood vessel blockages.
91   Supplemental Assess cardiac physiology and calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.
91   Supplemental Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.
90   Supplemental Observe gauges, recorder, and video screens of data analysis system during imaging of cardiovascular system.
89   Supplemental Inject contrast medium into patients' blood vessels.
89   Supplemental Transcribe, type, and distribute reports of diagnostic procedures for interpretation by physician.
85   Supplemental Enter factors such as amount and quality of radiation beam, and filming sequence, into computer.
82   Supplemental Conduct tests of pulmonary system, using spirometer or other respiratory testing equipment.
81   Supplemental Activate fluoroscope and camera to produce images used to guide catheter through cardiovascular system.
79   Supplemental Set up 24-hour Holter and event monitors, scan and interpret tapes, and report results to physicians.
65   Supplemental Perform general administrative tasks, such as scheduling appointments or ordering supplies or equipment.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Angiography contrast medium delivery set — Contrast power injectors; Medrad injectors; Pressure injectors
Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED; Defibrillators
Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Hemodynamic monitors; Physiological monitoring and analysis systems; Thermodilution cardiac output computers
Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Pacemaker analyzers; Pacemakers; Silicone lead end caps; Ventricular demand pacemakers (see all 7 examples)
Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheter introducers or sets — Brockenbrough needles; Transseptal sheaths
Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiojets; Grollmann catheters; Rheolytic thrombectomy systems; Rotoblators (see all 10 examples)
Intraaortic balloon pump and accessories — Indeflators; Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP
Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories — Arterial line stop-cocks; Pressure tubing
Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems — Holter monitors; Portable electrocardiography EKG machines
Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS — Image capturing and transmission systems; Image storage systems; Scan converters
Medical radiological shielding aprons or masks or drapes — Lead aprons; Lead collars
Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Nitric oxide administration equipment; Oxygen therapy systems
Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — C-clamps; Myocardial biopsy forceps
Vascular filter — Bird's nest inferior vena caval filters; Caval filters; Distal embolic protection devices; Vena caval filters
Vascular imaging guidewire — Radi pressure wires; Wave wires

Technology used in this occupation:

Data base user interface and query software — Database software; Structured data entry software
Information retrieval or search software — Information systems integration software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Inventory management software — Cardinal Health Pyxis CII Safe
Medical software — Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM-compatible image acquisition and integration software products; Electronic medical record EMR software; Practice management software PMS; Smart Digital Holter Monitor (see all 6 examples)

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
82   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
72   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
72   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
58   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
57   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
48   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
44   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
43   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
41   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
40   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
37   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
35   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
34   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
32   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
30   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
29   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
28   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
23   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
23   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
21   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
19   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
18   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
16   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
16   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
15   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
10   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
 Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
72   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
69   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
69   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
69   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
69   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
66   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
66   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
56   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
56   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
53   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
53   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
53   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
53   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
50   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
50   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
50   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
47   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
44   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
44   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
41   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
41   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
38   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
38   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
38   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
35   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
31   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
31   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
25   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
22   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
19   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
16   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
16   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
78   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
75   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
66   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
66   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
66   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
66   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
63   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
63   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
63   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
60   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
56   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
56   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
53   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
53   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
53   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
53   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
50   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
50   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
50   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
47   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
47   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
47   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
47   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
44   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
44   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
41   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
41   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
41   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
38   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
38   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
31   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
31   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
31   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
28   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
28   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
25   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
25   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
25   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
25   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
25   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
22   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
19   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
 Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
 Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
89   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Maintain sterile operative fields.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
87   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities.
  • Record patient medical histories.
83   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
79   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
78   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
76   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
74   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
73   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
73   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
72   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
71   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Test patient heart or lung functioning.
70   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
69   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
69   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Monitor video displays of medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
69   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
68   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
67   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
66   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
64   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
56   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
56   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
54   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
49   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
49   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Train medical providers.
47   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
46   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
45   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
44   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
42   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
42   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
41   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
41   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
40   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Repair medical facility equipment.
38   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
36   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
33   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
32   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
32   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
26   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
25   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
13   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


94     Constant contact with others
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


89     Very close (near touching)
11     Moderately close (at arm's length)
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


84     Every day
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


73     Extremely important
22     Very important
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


80     Extremely important
13     Very important
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


89     Every day
11     Never
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


66     Continually or almost continually
16     More than half the time
13     About half the time
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


61     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


68     Every day
12     Once a year or more but not every month
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


72     Every day
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


62     Very important results
19     Important results
13     Minor results
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


65     Extremely important
13     Very important
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


71     Every day
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


54     Extremely important
25     Very important
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


45     A lot of freedom
17     Some freedom
37     Limited freedom
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


45     Continually or almost continually
30     More than half the time
11     About half the time
11     Less than half the time
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


50     Every day
30     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


55     Every day
13     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a year or more but not every month
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


42     A lot of freedom
32     Some freedom
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


52     Extremely serious
11     Very serious
21     Fairly serious
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


18     Every day
47     Once a week or more but not every day
24     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Once a year or more but not every month
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


28     Extremely important
36     Very important
16     Important
13     Fairly important
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


42     Very high responsibility
16     High responsibility
26     Limited responsibility
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


39     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
13     Once a year or more but not every month
16     Never
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


36     Continually or almost continually
17     More than half the time
13     About half the time
30     Less than half the time
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


43     Once a week or more but not every day
40     Once a month or more but not every week
14     Once a year or more but not every month
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


26     Very high responsibility
12     High responsibility
35     Moderate responsibility
19     Limited responsibility
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


16     Continually or almost continually
27     More than half the time
26     About half the time
26     Less than half the time
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


11     Continually or almost continually
21     More than half the time
34     About half the time
35     Less than half the time
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


25     More than half the time
26     About half the time
42     Less than half the time
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


24     Every day
29     Once a month or more but not every week
15     Once a year or more but not every month
24     Never
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


13     More than 40 hours
65     40 hours
22     Less than 40 hours
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


22     Every day
18     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a year or more but not every month
33     Never
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


13     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
16     Once a month or more but not every week
35     Never
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


11     Extremely competitive
15     Highly competitive
27     Moderately competitive
27     Slightly competitive
20     Not at all competitive
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


25     Extremely important
16     Very important
14     Fairly important
42     Not important at all
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


24     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
52     Never
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


15     Every day
11     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a year or more but not every month
50     Never
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


27     Moderately automated
25     Slightly automated
39     Not at all automated
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


16     Once a month or more but not every week
42     Once a year or more but not every month
36     Never
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


18     Every day
77     Never
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


22     Less than half the time
60     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


13     Every day
81     Never
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


18     Once a year or more but not every month
68     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


33     Less than half the time
59     Never
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


88     Never
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


13     Once a year or more but not every month
82     Never
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


89     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


96     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


100     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


100     Never
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


100     Never
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


100     Never
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


100     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


100     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


100     Never
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


100     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
63   Associate's degree
13   Post-secondary certificate Help
10   High school diploma or equivalent Help

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
72   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
72   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
72   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
45   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
22   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
92   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
90   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
90   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
88   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
86   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
85   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
85   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
81   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
81   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
77   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
75   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
75   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
72   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
72   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
67   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
58   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
83   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
83   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
67   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
56   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
56   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
50   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

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29-2033.00 Nuclear Medicine Technologists
29-2034.00 Radiologic Technologists
29-2054.00 Respiratory Therapy Technicians
29-2055.00 Surgical Technologists Bright Outlook
29-2099.01 Neurodiagnostic Technologists Bright Outlook
29-2099.06 Radiologic Technicians Bright Outlook

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $25.58 hourly, $53,210 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 52,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 23,000
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Health Care and Social Assistance (96% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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