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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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Tasks

  • Administer emergency cardiac care for life threatening heart problems, such as cardiac arrest and heart attack. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, or disease prevention. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Answer questions that patients have about their health and well-being. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Calculate valve areas from blood flow velocity measurements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compare measurements of heart wall thickness and chamber sizes to standards to identify abnormalities using the results of an echocardiogram. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct electrocardiogram (EKG), phonocardiogram, echocardiogram, or other cardiovascular tests to record patients' cardiac activity, using specialized electronic test equipment, recording devices, or laboratory instruments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct exercise electrocardiogram tests to monitor cardiovascular activity under stress. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct research to develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures that prevent or control disease or injury. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct tests of the pulmonary system using a spirometer or other respiratory testing equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design and explain treatment plans based on patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose cardiovascular conditions using cardiac catheterization. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose medical conditions of patients using records, reports, test results, or examination information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Inject contrast media into patients' blood vessels. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor patient progress following cardiac surgery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe ultrasound display screen and listen to signals to record vascular information, such as blood pressure, limb volume changes, oxygen saturation, and cerebral circulation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain and record patient information, including patient identification, medical history, and examination results. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce contrast enhanced radiographs of heart and cardiovascular system. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Order medical tests, such as echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and angiograms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform minimally invasive surgical procedures, such as implanting pacemakers and defibrillators. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform vascular procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and stents. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prescribe heart medication to treat or prevent heart problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend surgeons or surgical procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise or train cardiology technologists or students. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Talk to other physicians about patients to create a treatment plan. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Medical software — MEDITECH software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Test patient heart or lung functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer medical substances for imaging or other procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise communities or institutions regarding health or safety issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Calculate numerical data for medical activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with clients to discuss treatment plans or progress. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Confer with other professionals to plan patient care. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop medical treatment plans. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patients following surgeries or other treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic imaging equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prescribe medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise patient care personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat medical emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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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 (2020) $100.00+ hourly, $208,000+ annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 429,500 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Average (3% to 4%) Average (3% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 13,600
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Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "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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