What does an Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician do?

An Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician performs non-invasive tests to monitor a patient's heart rate and rhythm. These tests include EKG tests, stress tests, or Holter monitoring tests, depending on the technician's level of training. EKG tests use electrodes placed on the patient's chest to measure the electrical activity in his or her heart.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals (usually in the cardiovascular department)

Education and Training Requirements

It is possible to gain on the job training as an EKG technician, but most employers are more likely to hire someone who has completed a training program at a vocational school, technical school, or community college.

Salary

According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for EKG technicians in 2017 is $65,620.

Resources

EKG Technician Central

Meet and ECG/EKG Technician: Marion