Career Details


Career Overview

A perfusionist runs the heart-lung machine during heart surgery.


A four-year bachelor’s degree in cardiovascular perfusion or a related field is required to work in this career. It may also be possible to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree in a science-related field like biology, anatomy, or chemistry, then take appropriate courses to earn a certificate in perfusion.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$82,000 /yr
$108,000 /yr
$147,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including chemistry and biology!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Perfusionists typically work in hospitals and surgical centers.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

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