What Does A Perfusionist Do?

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

How Do I Become A Perfusionist?

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.

What is the Average Salary For A Perfusionist?

High – 147,000
Median – 108,000
Low – 82,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Perfusionist?

  • Science – As much as possible, including biology and chemistry!
  • Math – As much as possible!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication

What Is The Work Environment For A Perfusionist?

Perfusionists typically work in hospitals and surgical centers.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Perfusionist?

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


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
  • Payscale

What Degrees Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Perfusionist?