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Cardiographers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, cardiovascular technologists and technicians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact with patients and staff.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of patients. If they do not alert doctors about problems, they could harm patients.
  • Are responsible for the work results of the technicians they supervise.
  • Often are placed in conflict situations where patients or family members may be unpleasant and angry due to illness.
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  • Always work as part of a medical team.
  • Communicate with coworkers and patients daily by telephone and in person.
  • Sometimes communicate via e-mail.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Sometimes wear a uniform, depending on hospital requirements.
  • Work with patients that have diseases and infections daily. Exposure is reduced by wearing protective clothing and following safety procedures.
  • Often wear protective gear, especially if they are helping with surgery or taking x-rays.
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  • Work around radiation daily, such as radioactive medicines, dyes, and x-ray equipment.
  • Apply test equipment directly to patients' bodies.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their job and be sure that all details are completed. Errors could result in incorrect test results and create serious situations for patients.
  • Often make decisions that affect others.
  • Must repeat the same physical activities throughout the day.
  • Can set most tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.
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  • Can make most decisions without consulting a supervisor.
  • Make decisions that strongly impact the hospital or clinic where they work.
  • Must constantly be aware of time and the schedules of patient visits.
  • Must match the pace of work to the speed of equipment.


  • May work part time or full time.
  • May work weekends.
  • May work longer hours and may work evenings, if working in catheterization labs.
  • May be on-call during the nights and on weekends.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.