Some people spend their lives dreaming about having a certain job or living in a particular place. In some cases, it’s possible to turn those dreams into reality. For example, some people dream of working as surgical technologists and living in California. That’s one dream that definitely has the potential to come true.
Education and Job Prospects
Surgical technologists typically need a postsecondary certificate or associate degree. Accredited surgical technology programs are usually one to two years and are offered at community colleges, technical schools, colleges, universities, and through the military. This field is open to anyone who completes the required program; it can be a great career choice for a person just finishing high school or a mid-career individual looking for something different.
Many people worry about finding a job when the degree is done, but the prospects are good for surgical technologists. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 14,700 new jobs and employment growth of nearly 15 percent between 2014 and 2024. Surgical technologists who have completed an accredited program will have the best job prospects. It’s important to be aware of continuing education requirements and additional educational opportunities throughout one’s career.
Dreaming of California
There are many factors that draw people to California. It may be tough to define; it may be an ideal of freedom, a laid-back lifestyle, or something else. The draw has been there for a long time: people fled to California for the Gold Rush, then during the Great Depression, and then during the Dust Bowl….
For many people, the weather is a big draw. Another draw: all the ways to enjoy that weather. California has a little bit of everything: deserts, beaches, mountains – you name it, California’s got it. Although surfing, swimming, hiking, and beach volleyball are available, recreational opportunities aren’t limited to these stereotypical pursuits. Walking, running, biking are encouraged: Bike lanes are enormously wide, and there are several special bike paths and pedestrian bridges.
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we understand dreams. Do you want to be a travel nurse so you can do the job you love and explore your world? We can help. Do you want to take your skills to the other side of the country? We can help. Do you want to be a surgical technologist in California? We can help. We get it: you are passionate, you love your work, and you want a life outside of work.
Let’s talk about surgical technologists in California. It is one of five states with the highest employment level in this occupation; 9,300 surgical technologists are employed in the state. There’s more good news. The other states are Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio; of this group, California has the highest hourly mean wage and the highest annual mean wage. Finally, of the ten top-paying metro areas in this profession, nine of them are in California.
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. If you’re dreaming of California – or anywhere else – give us a call at 310.436.3650 today. We can help!