A rewarding career in the medical profession can be within your reach. The demand for surgical techs is expected to grow. As the population continues to age and the need for surgical procedures continues to grow, the need for well-trained surgical techs will increase.
What does a surgical tech do? This career involves mostly working in a hospital setting, preparing operating rooms for surgical procedures, sterilization of equipment that will be needed during a specific surgery, making sure equipment is working properly, assisting with transportation of patients to and from the operating room, preparing specimens to be sent to the laboratory for examination. A surgical tech usually works under the direct supervision of a registered nurse and/or physician.
This career may require a great deal of time on your feet in a cool and sterile environment, as it is imperative that operating rooms be sterile and some procedures can take a significant amount of time to complete. A person who chooses this career should be able to handle this kind of work environment.
The educational requirements include a high school diploma. Further education is obtained through a community college, junior college, technical school, or through a hospital or other medical institution offering such a program. Usually, the program can be completed in as little as 9 months but it may take as long as 24 months, depending on the student's ability to complete the program. This program of study includes studies in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical terminology, professional ethics, and others. There is also a clinical aspect to this program of study that includes safety and care of patients, proper procedures and techniques for sterilization of instruments, and other procedures necessary for a successful operation.
The educational institution you chose to pursue your studies through should be recognized by the Commission in Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
In order to obtain this certification or credential, you must successfully complete the specific surgical tech program offered by the educational institution of your choice and then sit for the certification test to be certified, as most potential employers require a certification or credential before obtaining employment. Once a certification or credential is obtained, continuing education must be done in order to stay certified or maintain the credential.
The salary varies for a surgical tech. Salary depends on location, place of employment, certification and/or credential status, and previous experience. Salaries for this field have recently ranged from $28,000 to $45,000, again depending on the above-listed factors.
If you enjoy working with people and have a desire to help people, a rewarding career as a surgical tech may be the perfect career for you.