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Searching for a job can be challenging. Different job titles can make the process more challenging. For example, if you are a surgical tech or sterile tech, you may find jobs under a variety of different titles. This is a handy guide to help you sort through them. Keep in mind that these titles may use the terms tech, technician, or technologist, almost interchangeably.

Different titles for surgical techs

Surgical technologists are known by a variety of names, including surgical techs, surgery techs, surgical technicians, surgical assistants, operating room assistants, OR techs, scrub techs, or scrubs. Other titles include CST, ST, Certified Surgical Tech, Certified Surgical Technician, NCCT, or Tech in Surgery-Certified.

Surgical Tech Job Titles

  • Surgical Technologists, Surgery Techs, Surgical Technicians, Surgical Assistants, Operating Room Assistants, OR Techs, Scrub Techs

Although they may have different job titles, the job is the same. The role is to help prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and assist doctors during operations. Some techs specialize, so the title may include that. For example, these titles may include OB Tech, Obstetrics Technician, Labor and Delivery Tech, CVOR, Cardio Vascular Operating Room Tech, GI Tech, or Gastro-Intestinal Tech.

Surgical Tech Specialized Job Titles

  • OB Tech, Obstetrics Technician, Labor and Delivery Tech, CVOR, Cardio Vascular Operating Room Tech, GI Tech, or Gastro-Intestinal Tech

Different titles for sterile techs

Sterile techs may also be known as medical equipment preparers. Other titles for this role may include Instrument Tech, IAHCSMM Tech, Central Processing Tech, Central Service Tech, International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management, CBSPD, Certified Board Sterile Processing and Distribution Tech, Sterile Processor, SPD, CRCST, Sterile Processing Department, Certified Registered Central Service Technician, SP Tech, Sterile, Materials Management, Central Service Sterilizer, or Central Sterile Services Department.

Sterile Tech Job Titles

  • Instrument Tech, IAHCSMM Tech, Central Processing Tech, Central Service Tech, International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management, CBSPD, Certified Board Sterile Processing and Distribution Tech, Sterile Processor, SPD, CRCST, Sterile Processing Department, Certified Registered Central Service Technician, SP Tech, Sterile, Materials Management, Central Service Sterilizer, or Central Sterile Services Department.

Other titles may include Central Processing and Distribution Tech, Central Sterile Processing Technician, Central Sterile Supply Technician, or Sterile Preparation Technician. It’s helpful to know these titles because it can make searching for a new job easier. If you didn’t know these titles, you might limit your search to sterile tech, without even realizing that these titles are synonymous with that term.

What about job titles?

Just as searching for a job with many different titles can be challenging, figuring out terminology for your resume can be challenging, as well. When you’re job hunting, you can search using your current title or the title of the jobs you’re interested in as keywords.

However, be careful about the title you use on your resume. If a company’s human resources department calls…for confirmation of your work history, it’s generally looking for two things: your dates of employment and your title, making it a pretty bad idea to put down a position name that wasn’t actually bestowed on you.

What’s your title?

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. Are you a surgical tech or a sterile tech – with one of these titles or a different one? If so, we can help you find your next assignment; give us a call at 310.436.3650. We would love to work with you!

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