What Jobs Can a Surgical Tech Do

surgical tech students stand around an exam table in full personal protective equipment

When people think of a job in the healthcare industry, doctors or nurses usually come to mind. However, there’s a wide variety of occupations in the healthcare industry that all require different levels of education and certifications. Healthcare occupations, such as surgical technologists, are on the rise due to an increase in life expectancy. This profession statistically has a higher than average salary for the degree needed to enter the field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage of a surgical technologist in the tri-state area is $58,070.

Surgical Technologist Jobs

Surgical technologists are needed to set up sterile surgical environments, provide optimal care to patients before surgery, and are a critical part of the surgical team. If you are interested in a specific area of surgery, you may want to consider choosing a specialty. Learn more about a few specializations available to someone with a degree in surgical tech.

Specializations include, but are not limited to:

Organ Transplantation

Being able to replace an organ is nothing short of amazing. Surgical techs can specialize in this lifesaving procedure.

Heart Surgery

Heart Surgery is very intense and requires endurance. If you want an exciting career, surgical technology in the field of cardiology could be the right direction.

Plastic Surgery

If you are interested in boosting someone’s confidence and changing their lives for the better, a plastic surgery specialization may be right for you.

Neurosurgery

Brain surgery is very complex and requires patience. If you like to be challenged, a specialty in neurosurgery could be right for you.

Eastwick College’s Associate Degree in Surgical Technology program is accredited by national organizations, including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). Only graduates from a CAAHEP-accredited surgical technology program are eligible to sit for the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam, a national credentialing exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Also, upon completion of 400 hours in a sterile processing department, graduates can also qualify to become a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) through the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material  Management (IAHCSMM).

There are many specialties to choose from for a surgical technologist. Each specialty requires a certain set of skills and personality type in order to be a perfect fit. If you are interested in the Surgical Technology Associate Degree program offered at Eastwick College, visit our website to learn more.