2018 is a memory, but its lessons are still valuable. We offered a variety of tips relevant to surgical techs, and this review can help surgical techs who want to make the best of 2019.
Location and Advancement
Surgical techs do important work before, during, and after surgery, and surgical teams wouldn’t be complete without them. In terms of salary, location matters. Surgical tech salaries in California are particularly attractive. The average salary there is $59,850, based on an average hourly rate of $28.77 per hour. Nationally, the average hourly rate is $19.62 per hour.
In addition, surgical techs can increase their salary by advancing in the field, specializing in a particular area, or taking their skills to the corporate world. This is important information for anyone who wants to work in the field and searches for opportunities to increase their earning power.
An Expanding Industry
The surgical instrument industry is expanding, and that’s a good indicator of job security for surgical techs. Minimally-invasive surgery is one reason for the expansion. This type of surgery offers several benefits, including reduced recovery time, a smaller incision, and a shorter hospital stay.
In addition, surgery is necessary for a wide variety of situations, including treatment for injuries and chronic illnesses. Medicine and medical technology are constantly evolving, and surgical innovations help medical personnel treat conditions that may have been untreatable in prior generations.
Surgical techs have job security, and that’s very good news. This is based partly on the aging of the Baby Boomer population; as they age, they require more operations, which creates a greater need for surgical technologists.
Jobs in this field won’t dwindle anytime soon. At this time, approximately 15 percent of the population is older than 65; however, that percentage will reach approximately 23 percent by 2060. That translates to long-term job security in this field.
Make the Most of Time Outside of Work
We spend many hours at work. Surgical techs make a difference in people’s lives every day, and that’s very rewarding, but they must take time for themselves, as well. Volunteering can be a very important part of that. If you want a break from the medical world during your personal time, you can volunteer at your local library, youth organization, homeless shelter, or elsewhere. Giving your time can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
Don’t forget to focus on yourself. If you take time to recharge, you’ll be better at everything you do. Get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise, but go a step beyond that: do things that restore and rejuvenate you. That might include reading, gardening, dancing, or something else. Do whatever helps you be your best self.
Make the Most of 2019
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 wish you all the best in 2019; if you decide to search for a new assignment in the new year, we’re here to help. We’re at 310.436.3650, and we look forward to working with you.