21 Reasons Why You Should Be a Cardiac Monitor Technician
Cardiac Monitor Technicians collaborate with physicians and nurses to observe, interpret, and diagnose heart-related diseases and conditions by using non-invasive cardiology techniques like Holter monitoring, EKG, and stress tests. These tests can detect arrhythmias, irregular heartbeats, and even cardiac arrest while it is happening.
You might have heard Cardiac Monitor Technicians (CMTs) called other names, depending on the job classification and training program:
- EKG Technician
- ECG Technician
- Cardiographic Technician
- Rhythm Analysis Technician
- Telemetry Monitor Technician
No matter what you call them, however, these medical professionals are an important part of the allied healthcare team.
Should you sign up for a CMT program? We’ve come up with 21 reasons for why this career is so awesome to look into.
1. You’re Fascinated by Anatomy
Do you have a weird obsession with the inner-workings of the human body? With advanced equipment, you can get up close to the human heart without surgery.
2. Problem Solving? No Problem!
When it comes to complicated situations, you calmly and objectively analyze the situation before making decisions. Because you may occasionally work in high-stress circumstances, having a cool head is a skill that benefits you (and everyone around you).
3. You Love Working with Others
Within your social and family circles, you’re known for your kind words and affable demeanor. CMTs are almost constantly in direct communication with patients. You’re interacting with patients when they are scared, overwhelmed by pain, or even getting prepared for surgery. Kindness and empathy go a long way in all future allied healthcare careers, especially this one.
4. You Can Work Anywhere
Interested in heading out west? Thinking about moving back to your hometown? With the present need for CMT, EKG, and ECG technicians in many hospitals and clinics throughout the United States, finding a job has never been easier.
5. Saving Lives Sounds Great to You
Considering heart disease causes 25% of American deaths, you’ve got a great chance to change more than one patient’s life. How great would it be to detect something that could do that? We’re guessing that it’s an amazing feeling.
6. Technology Changes All the Time
Do you love learning about the latest developments in the tech world? Cardiographic techs need to understand how to handle and derive results from a variety of complicated machines. You might handle EKGs (electrocardiograms), Holter monitors, and stress tests to better understand the heart’s electrical activity.
As a member of this constantly-developing field, you should enjoy staying up-to-date on all of the latest advancements. If there’s anything related to the heart’s electrical impulses, it’s got your name written all over it.
7. There’s More than One Way to Get Your Education
Most techs receive their education via certificate programs at community colleges or vocational schools. EKG training programs have grown in popularity over the last decade. Best of all, most training programs include classroom instruction, hands-on training, and a clinical internship.
8. Gain Experience Outside the Classroom
Classroom instruction is a great way to learn the basics, but a clinical internship gives students the opportunity to apply them in a real work environment. You’ll have a mentor to help you every step of the way. They will help you develop the skills you need to set yourself apart from the competition.
Students who prove themselves to be competent and professional may even get hired directly from their clinical site.
9. You Can Start Working Within a Year
Depending on your personal schedule, you can complete your CMT training in under a year. Many programs can be completed in as little as 3 months. Whatever you choose: Cardiac monitor training is one of the fastest methods to joining the allied healthcare sector.
10. Avoid High Education Costs
The cost of a short-term, healthcare certificate program is significantly less expensive than a 2-year or 4-year college degree. Whether they didn’t have the funding – or they simply wanted to avoid taking on exorbitant student debt – most allied healthcare workers who attended technical school were incredibly happy with their decision.
11. Study While Working a Full-Time Job or Raising a Family
Most EKG technician training programs offer a variety of schedules for students with various commitments. If you work full-time, you can consider a night class. If you’re also raising a family, weekend classes may be a great fit in order to pursue your education.
12. The Cardiographic Technician Job Outlook Is Great
It’s a fact that allied healthcare is the fastest-growing sector in the United States job force, and many related jobs are expected to grow by over 20% within a decade.
With the Baby Boomer generation set to increase to 20% of the total population by 2029 – and nearly 75% with a current chronic condition – career opportunities will continue to increase in order to handle these needs.
13. You Always Know What to Wear
Do you prefer a no-nonsense approach when it comes to getting ready? CMTs are expected to dress in scrubs and supportive shoes in order to move freely throughout their shifts. They can often add a little flair by personalizing their scrubs to fit their moods, but comfort is the most important element for these professionals. And who doesn’t love that?
14. “Desk Job, Schmesk Job”
You won’t be sitting still for long. Get your daily workout from walking up and down hallways quickly, pushing heavy equipment, and even shifting patients into appropriate medical positions. An EKG tech will need to be on their feet for hours, so if you love having a physical job, this is a great fit for you.
15. You’ve Got an Eye for Details
Are you the kind of person who can spot a needle in a haystack? As a CMT, you may be expected to study and analyze collected data for a substantial part of your shift. Finding virtually undetectable but substantial medical anomalies is the name of the game.
16. Always Have a Good Party Story
Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a life-and-death story, especially when the storyteller is the hero? While you need to strictly observe HIPAA laws, you can still brag about your accomplishments with friends and family.
17. Variety Is the Spice of Life
For EKG techs, there’s no such thing as a boring nine to five. Instead of sitting behind a computer all day, you’ll be expected to check monitors, keep your eye on results, and ensure that your machines are in perfect working order.
What’s more, you’ll likely be expected to take down a patient’s medical history, ask them targeted questions, and help fellow techs and physicians with routine procedures. Some experienced techs even get to help out in the operating room.
18. Lead by Example
Hospitals and clinics often rely on their best CMTs to help train other techs. If you show aptitude and enthusiasm for your position, employers often take notice. Not only does this build a great résumé, but it also can help to boost your salary.
19. Certification Isn’t Required (but It Helps)
It’s true that cardiac monitor techs don’t need certification to get hired by employers. Occasionally, techs will receive on-the-job training. Certification, however, certainly shows dedication to your career path, gets your résumé to the top of the pile, and increases your salary. Many employers also list certification as a minimum requirement.
20.CMT Salaries Increase with Skills and Training
It’s always ideal when you love your job, but you also need to be able to pay your bills. Just like any profession, a CMT’s skillset, experience, location, and workplace make all the difference.
As an entry-level tech, you will likely start on the lower end of the pay scale. In New Jersey, this averages anywhere from $12-15 per hour. The average income is about $35,000 per year, but the top 10% of techs rake in about $48,000 annually. Therefore, it’s easy to see that – with the right determination – there’s room for growth.
21. Join a Growing Professional Community
The allied healthcare sector makes up at least 60% of the medical field, and the numbers keep growing each year. You’ll encounter other professionals just like you, who love their jobs and help others on the regular. It’s like being a member of the Justice League, but with scrubs instead of spandex.
Ready to Jumpstart Your Career as a Cardiac Monitor Tech?
If you’re interested in learning more about a career in this sector, be sure to check out the AIMS Cardiac Monitor Technician page today.