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Part 2: What Does It Take to Work As a Surgical Tech?


When someone decides to work in healthcare, the decision-making process is not done. There are so many roles in this field, and it’s important to choose the one that is right for the individual. Doctors and nurses are familiar roles; surgical techs are not as well known, but their role is very important to any healthcare team. What does it take to work as a surgical tech?

Preference to Work Behind the Scenes

Some people prefer to be in the professional spotlight, and others would rather get their work done behind the scenes, away from the glare of the spotlight. Not everyone wants to be center stage, and that’s OK! Techs play an integral role in the healthcare system without being in the spotlight.

The job of a surgical technologist may appear to go under the radar, but their role is very complex and a huge reason why many surgeries are able to run seamlessly. Whether they’re sterilizing instruments, preparing the patient for surgery, or counting sponges and tools after surgery, surgical techs are an important asset to a surgery team.

Interest in a Stable Career

Techs fill an important role, and they are an important part of the patient care team. In addition, it’s important to remember that the nation’s aging population has evolving healthcare needs, and more patients will be able to access health care as federal health legislation increases its availability. Adding all of these factors together equals greater job security for surgical techs.

In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 15 percent increase in demand through 2024 – that’s more than double the average rate for all other occupations! The good news doesn’t end there; it extends to salaries, as well. The BLS also notes that the median annual salary for surgical techs, $44,330 in 2015, sits comfortably above the average for all occupations: $36,200.

Excitement about Getting to Work

Many healthcare professions require an extensive wait, with many years of education, before getting to work. People who decide to become techs can get to work sooner: they may be able to complete their educational requirements in two years or less. This can be welcome news for someone who is eager to work in the healthcare field.

There are different educational tracks, but both a degree and a certificate will equip future surgical techs with the skills they need to excel in the field. It’s important to research educational programs thoroughly: the best programs will offer a mix of in-class instruction and hands-on experience. With this mix, future surgical techs can learn the theory, as well as how to apply it.

Is this the Career for You?

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. We know it takes a special person to be a surgical tech. Are you that person? If you want to talk about it, give us a call at 310.436.3650 today.