What will I be doing as an EKG technician?
EKG technicians work in nearly every aspect of healthcare. These trained technicians test the electrical activity of the heart through the proper placement of electrode patches on the patient’s body. The resulting EKG rhythm strips provide valuable data used in diagnosing and monitoring patients with heart conditions.
As an EKG technician, you will also be able to measure basic vital signs and perform rapid response procedures; operate an EKG machine and interpret output; prepare for, perform, and monitor EKG testing; and record lead placement, measure, and identify rhythms.
EKG technicians who work in hospitals and other 24/7 healthcare facilities have the possibility of working night and weekend schedules.
How much can I make as an EKG technician?
Salaries for EKG technicians vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. The middle 50% of EKG technicians earn between $25,000 and $39,000 a year according to PayScale.com.
You may also be able to increase your earnings by obtaining industry certifications. Career Step’s program will give you the knowledge you need to sit for the Certified EKG Technician (CET) certification exam. To qualify for exam registration, you will also need to set up a live experience with a local hospital to perform 10 EKGs on a person.