What does an Echocardiograph (Echo) Technician do?

Echocardiograph Technicians are a very specific kind of diagnostic medical sonographer dealing with the heart. Echo technicians use ultrasound devices and other imaging tools that use sound waves to create images of the heart. They inspect the chambers and walls of the heart as well as the valves. An echocardiogram can be administered externally on a patient's chest, but can also be conducted by placing a tube down a patient's esophagus in an effort to get closer to the heart internally.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals
  • Imaging clinics

Education and Training Requirements

Although some echo technicians gain their training on the job, it is helpful to attend a formal education program. This is usually a post-secondary course of study that awards a certificate/diploma, an associate's degree, or even a bachelor's degree in echocardiography or diagnostic medical sonography. Certification for this career is voluntary at this point in time, but many employers prefer to hire candidates who have proven their abilities through certification.

Salary

According to salary.com, the median salary of echo technicians is between $58,298 and $72,020 per year.

Professional Organization

The American Society of Echocardiography