Have you been considering a career as a surgical tech? If so, this may be the perfect time to follow that dream. There are several reasons why 2019 is exactly the right time for you to become a surgical tech.
Job Opportunities Are on the Rise
Employment levels rise and fall over time. However, when an industry or a portion of an industry is experiencing growth, employment levels in that industry may rise for an extended period of time. That’s the case with surgical techs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment in this field will grow at the faster-than-average rate of 12 percent through 2026.
Context can be helpful for understanding what a percentage like this means. What does it translate to in terms of jobs? In that period, an estimated 12,600 jobs should open up. That’s real growth, and one of those jobs could be yours. Even better, that growth is expected to continue for the next several years.
You’ll Have Above-Average Earning Potential
There’s another important benefit associated with this position: you’ll have above-average earning potential. In 2019, the average annual pay for a surgical tech in the United States is $52,428 per year, and salaries in the field can range from $28,500 to $83,500. Clearly, salaries in this field are competitive; it’s another factor that makes this field such an attractive option.
Salary may increase over time. Gaining experience as a surgical tech will broaden your opportunities for increased wages and specialty opportunities. Advancement opportunities are available for surgical techs who specialize in certain fields, including neurology or cardiovascular surgery.
You Can Work Anywhere
Surgical techs can work anywhere that any kind of surgery or procedure takes place: hospitals, medical centers, outpatient surgery centers, and physician offices all need trained and qualified surgical techs.
As a result, surgical tech jobs are available throughout the country. This means you won’t have to relocate to a specific region just to find a job. Whether you want to work in a big city or a rural area, on the east coast, the west coast, or anywhere in between, you can find employment as a surgical tech. That’s good news for a variety of reasons: maybe you want to stay in your current community, or maybe you’ve been planning a move for a while and were worried about finding a job in your new location.
Is 2019 the Year for You?
At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals, including registered nurses, in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. Are you going to become a surgical tech? This is a great time to do that, and we’ll be here when you’re looking for your next assignment. Call us at 310.436.3650.