What does a Cardiologist do?

A cardiologist can work independently with an independent practice or for a medical institution. A Cardiologist's primary role is to assist patients with the treatment and diagnosis of heart health and conditions. They work with a patient's primary care physician and other doctors to devise a workable medical strategy. A Cardiologist usually works long and irregular hours and may frequently travel between different hospitals.

Educational requirements are similar to a doctor in any field. A bachelor's in a medical field is required by all employers with most also requiring many years of residency. An advanced degree such as a Masters or Doctorate in the specific area of cardiology is highly preferred amongst most hospitals. Cardiologists work hectic schedules often without a proper sleep regiment. Candidates should be compassionate, hardworking and dedicated to this profession.

  • Assess new patients via a medical interview
  • Order test to confirm suspected conditions
  • Diagnose patients via lab and test results
  • Design a treatment plan for all patients
  • Prescribe appropriate medications and therapies to patients
  • Coordinate with patients PCP and Surgeon
  • Provide ongoing care and checkups on all patients
  • Pursue ongoing and continuing education to stay on top of the latest research findings
  • Masters or Doctorate (preferred)
  • 5+ years residency
  • 3+ years practicing as a Cardiologist
  • Extensive knowledge of modern cardiology practices and technology
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Caring and compassionate bedside manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to travel to other hospitals
  • Ability to work on-call shifts

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
1%
2 - 4
2%
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8+
97%

Common Skill Sets

MD PhD
English
Onboarding
Echocardiogram
Vad
Spanish Speaking
Leadership
VERBAL Communication

Cardiologist Seniority Levels

Primary Care Physician
11% made the transition
Family Medicine Physician
1% made the transition
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Cardiologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$381,100 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$236K
Median: $381K
$615K
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