Summary Report for:
29-1212.00 - Cardiologists
Diagnose, treat, manage, and prevent diseases or conditions of the cardiovascular system. May further subspecialize in interventional procedures (e.g., balloon angioplasty and stent placement), echocardiography, or electrophysiology.
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- Administer emergency cardiac care for life threatening heart problems, such as cardiac arrest and heart attack.
- Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, or disease prevention.
- Answer questions that patients have about their health and well-being.
- Calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements.
- Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standards to identify abnormalities using the results of an echocardiogram.
- Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments.
- Conduct exercise electrocardiogram tests to monitor cardiovascular activity under stress.
- Conduct research to develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures that prevent or control disease or injury.
- Conduct tests of the pulmonary system using a spirometer or other respiratory testing equipment.
- Design and explain treatment plans based on patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
- Diagnose cardiovascular conditions using cardiac catheterization.
- Diagnose medical conditions of patients using records, reports, test results, or examination information.
- Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.
- Inject contrast media into patients' blood vessels.
- Monitor patient progress following cardiac surgery.
- Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
- Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, and cerebral circulation.
- Obtain and record patient information, including patient identification, medical history, and examination results.
- Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system.
- Order medical tests, such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and angiograms.
- Perform minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as implanting pacemakers and defibrillators.
- Perform vascular procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and stents.
- Prescribe heart medication to treat or prevent heart problems.
- Recommend surgeons or surgical procedures.
- Supervise or train cardiology technologists or students.
- Talk to other physicians about patients to create a treatment plan.
Detailed Work Activities
- Test patient heart or lung functioning.
- Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
- Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
- Operate on patients to treat conditions.
- Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
- Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures.
- Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues.
- Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
- Calculate numerical data for medical activities.
- Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
- Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress.
- Confer with other professionals to plan patient care.
- Develop medical treatment plans.
- Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
- Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
- Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments.
- Operate diagnostic imaging equipment.
- Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
- Prescribe medications.
- Record patient medical histories.
- Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
- Supervise patient care personnel.
- Train medical providers.
- Treat medical emergencies.
Wages & Employment Trends
Median wage data for Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric.
Employment data for Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric.
Industry data for Physicians, All Other; and Ophthalmologists, Except Pediatric.
|Median wages (2019)||$99.28 hourly, $206,500 annual|
|Employment (2019)||429,500 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Average (3% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||13,600|
|Top industries (2019)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
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