Are you ready for a change? It can be for a variety of reasons. You may feel unfulfilled, have a desire to help others, or just need to take your career in a different path. Whatever it is, it’s your call to consider a career as a surgical tech.
Surgical Tech Education program takes two years or fewer
When people decide they want to work in healthcare, they may consider a variety of careers before deciding which one would suit them best. One consideration may be the educational requirements for each field. Surgical tech programs, for example, vary in length, but most have their students trained and graduated in two years or fewer. That means you could be scrubbing in for your first surgery in just a couple of years.
If you are interested in pursuing a career as a surgical tech, you have options when you are deciding where to participate in an educational program. Programs are offered through community and junior colleges, vocational schools, universities, hospitals, and the military. In 12 months, you can earn a certificate, and in two years, you can earn an associate degree.
Lot of job opportunities
A quick career change doesn’t seem like a viable option if jobs in the field are scarce. If you’re considering a career as a surgical tech, rest assured in that regard. The employment outlook has been strong and the trajectory continues. The growth is much faster than average for many sectors.
Job opportunities can rise and fall in any field, but there’s a very logical explanation for the growth in this field. Surgical procedures are being performed more frequently than ever as a result of advancements in surgical technology. The other factor is that the baby boomer population is aging and requires more attention from healthcare professionals, including surgeons.
Good salary level
This field is attractive in many ways, including the salary. Salaries range from $15.14 to $28.08 per hour, and the median salary is $20.09. It may vary based on a variety of factors, including geographic location, experience, and any areas of specialization. Other factors, including bonus or profit sharing, can also add to the base salary.
It can be helpful to examine this a little more closely. For example, surgical techs who work at large surgery centers or specialty clinics may earn the most money. If you enter the field and are looking for a position with a good salary, that type of information can be helpful. Similarly, geographic salary breakdowns can also be very valuable. Top-paying states include Nevada, California, the District of Columbia, Alaska, and Washington; people who work in Alabama, Mississippi, South Dakota, Louisiana, and West Virginia are generally at the opposite end of the salary spectrum.
Ready for a career change?
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. When you’re ready to take the next step in your career as a surgical tech, we’ll be here, at 310.436.3650, ready to help you.