Cardiologists diagnose, prevent, and treat cardiovascular disorders, a medical job that is often regarded as one of the most specialized fields in the medical world. Cardiologists use a variety of medical techniques to examine and treat patients as well as both invasive and noninvasive operating techniques and procedures.
Disorders include those such as valvular heart disease, hypertension, and congenital heart disease and require intense educational qualification and experience to treat and perform surgery upon.
Becoming a cardiologist involves a long process of theoretical and practical assessment over many years of formal education. Cardiologists are in constant demand to provide quality healthcare to the public, particularly the growing elderly population, and can find work in both built up and rural areas. Cardiologists make a median salary of between $316,000-$360,000 (USD) depending on their experience and invasive or noninvasive specialty.
To become a cardiologist, you have to earn an undergraduate degree that prepares you for medical school. While there is no set path for this level of education, you may want to complete a degree program that focuses on science, math, and physics. Some schools also provide an accelerated medical program that shortens the time to get an undergrad and medical degree by 1-2 years.
After the undergraduate program, you must then apply to medical school. Medical school takes four years to complete, with the last two years generally devoted to clinical rotations.
Working as a cardiologist in countries such as Australia, UK, Singapore, and the United States is subject to the requirements of each particular country. All will involve the potential candidate having completed their educational and practical qualifications at a standard that will meet their intended countries’ requirements.
Many medical job agencies advertise vacancies for these positions, allowing you to choose which position and country will suit your needs the best. When basic requirements are met to work in your chosen country, you may be required to complete additional medical testing, language competency, and be placed under periods of supervision or probation. Many countries have programs set up to support foreign doctors wishing to work, providing working arrangements involving visas and study options.
For more information about working as a cardiologist, consult your national health services provider or employment agency.