The average salary for an Electrophysiologist is $245,659 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this field.
Job Description for Electrophysiologist
Electrophysiologists (also known as cardiac electrophysiologists) generally work for hospitals and heart institutes, and some also have their own practice or partner with other electrophysiologists. They generally perform special tests on the "electrical systems" of patients' hearts in order to find the location of an arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) within the heart. A medical degree and completion of standard cardiology fellowship are required for this position, and electrophysiologists must also be board-certified in cardiovascular disease and/or electrophysiology.Read More...
Those in this position must be proficient in the use of a range of medical instruments, and should also have excellent computer skills to operate them. They must also be able to use relevant software to diagnose heart problems and troubleshoot minor problems related to their instruments. They may occasionally need to contact vendors directly for issues relating to repairs and maintenance, so strong interpersonal and communication skills are beneficial in this position.
Some employers prefer that their electrophysiologists belong to relevant professional organizations, and they must always stay up-to-date with matters relevant to their field by taking classes, reading medical journals, and attending conferences. They must be aware of all new and existing technology related to electrophysiology that is available in the market place, and some mentoring and supervising of interns may be necessary, as well as training new or younger electrophysiologists.
- Provide post-procedure care and patient follow-up.
- Perform cardiac ablations and defibrillator testing.
- Perform invasive device implantation cardiology procedures.
- Conduct on-call services as necessary.