Cardiologists are physicians certified to diagnose, treat and manage disorders of the human heart. Cardiologists have a high level of responsibility and carry out tasks including diagnosing heart abnormalities, using medical imaging, assisting cardiac surgeons, determining treatment plans and attending follow-up appointments with patients.
They usually are on a high pressured job, involving long hours and weekend work – although private consultants have more control over their hours. Cardiologists basically work in small private offices or clinics and are often assisted by a small staff of nurses and administrative personnel. Frequent travel between their office and their appointed hospital is required, as is being ‘on call’ in case of an emergency.
- Cardiothoracic surgeon
- Echo cardiologist
- Electro physiologist
- Interventional Cardiologist
- Nuclear Cardiologist
- Need to be knowledgeable about the cardiovascular system.
- To be able to perform and interpret specialized tests and procedures.
- To have a high level of responsibility and the confidence to make decisions in emergencies.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- The confidence and sound knowledge to correctly diagnose patients.
- Compassion, self-motivation and the ability to work under pressure for long hours.
- To be willing to take on-going research.
- Must obtain a 6 year medical degree. It takes over 14 years to become a fully qualified cardiologist.
The pay scale of a cardiologist ranges between AUD$53,928 – AUD$167,315 per annum.