EKG technicians are a subset of a broader cardiovascular technologists and technicians career subset. The EKG technician career outlook is expected to be favorable. EKG technician employment is expected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, which is faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is due to a number of factors including:
- aging population and consequent higher incidence of heart disease
- a greater public awareness and earlier detection of vascular disease which creates demand for EKG technicians
- replacement needs as individuals retire, transfer to other jobs or leave the labor force
- the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform which directionally should increase health testing, including EKG testing.
Individuals trained in Holter monitoring and stress testing are expected to have more favorable job prospects than those who can perform only a basic EKG. Job prospects will be best for those with multiple professional credentials, trained to perform a wide range of procedures. Those willing to relocate or work irregular hours also will have better job opportunities.