Cardiac Technicians conduct tests on patients to record heart activity using specialised equipment, recording devices and laboratory instruments in support of Cardiologists and other Medical Practitioners engaged in diagnosing, monitoring and treating heart disease.

Specialisations: Cardiac Technologist, Electrocardiographic Technician.

A bachelor degree in science or allied health majoring in biophysics, health science, nursing, physiology or exercise physiology is needed to work as a Cardiac Technician. Some Cardiac Technicians complete postgraduate studies.

Tasks

  • Operates equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system.
  • Records the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm interpreted.

All Medical Technicians

  • $1,159 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Cardiac Technicians

  • 690 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 70% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Cardiac Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 590 in 2011 to 690 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Cardiac Technicians work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 70% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance91.2
Wholesale Trade6.5
Manufacturing1.5
Public Administration and Safety0.4
Other Industries0.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCardiac TechniciansAll Jobs Average
NSW31.131.6
VIC34.525.6
QLD11.420.0
SA8.27.0
WA13.010.8
TAS0.42.0
NT1.01.0
ACT0.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCardiac TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-2411.3-9.39.3
25-3436.1-22.922.9
35-4421.5-22.022.0
45-5418.3-21.621.6
55-596.5-9.09.0
60-643.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCardiac TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate20.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree57.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV4.6-21.121.1
Year 125.0-18.118.1
Year 110.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.4-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in science or allied health majoring in biophysics, health science, nursing, physiology or exercise physiology is needed to work as a Cardiac Technician. Some Cardiac Technicians complete postgraduate studies.

Membership with the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry and/or Medical Radiation Practice may be useful.

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Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    71% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Medicine and dentistry

    58% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  3. Computers and electronics

    56% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  4. Psychology

    50% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  5. English language

    49% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    99% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Physically close to people

    98% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    94% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Teamwork

    93% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2031.00 - Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians.

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