Job Description for Echocardiographer
The primary role of the echocardiographer is to perform high-quality ultrasound images of the heart. The echocardiographer usually works in a hospital or health center, and many work on-call in a rotating schedule. Tasks performed by an echocardigrapher include performing echocardiograms and exercise echocardiogram examinations; these echocardiogram examinations include color flow mapping, cardiac doppler imaging, and 2-D m-mode, and they are performed without the assistance of a cardiologist. An echocardiographer generally works under the direction of the department director and the medical director.Read More...
To work as an echocardiologist, an individual must be credentialed through an organization, usually the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) or the Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). For pediatric echocardiography, an RDCS Pediatric credential is required. Skills required to be an echocardiologists include the ability to obtain complete anatomical and blood flow information, understand normal and abnormal anatomy, be able to recognize structural and functional abnormalities, and obtain comprehensive cardiac imaging and general clinical information. They must also be skilled in operating equipment, troubleshooting technical problems, and interacting with patients, physicians, and other personnel. The ability to bend, crouch, twist, and hold awkward positions for several minutes, push equipment weighing approximately 400 pounds, and use fine motor skills are also required.
- Observe screen during scan to ensure satisfactory image for diagnostic purposes, making adjustments as required.
- Provide sonogram and oral or written summary of technical findings to physician for use in medical diagnosis.
- Prepare and position patient for echocardiography exam and explain procedure.
- Operate cardiac ultrasound, dopper and similar equipment to perform procedure according to physician's directive.
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Popular Skills for Echocardiographer
Survey results imply that Echocardiographers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Ultrasound, Pediatrics, Cardiology, and Vascular are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sonography. The majority of those who know Cardiology also know Vascular.
Pay by Experience Level for Echocardiographer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Echocardiographers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $58K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. Echocardiographers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $70K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $71K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Echocardiographers in Augusta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Echocardiographers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+12 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Chicago (+5 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Columbus (20 percent less) and Dallas (17 percent less).
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