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There’s common confusion between the difference between a surgical technician and surgical technologist. But actually, there isn’t a difference; they are the same thing. Surgical techs are part of a medical team. You mainly:
You’ll work alongside the anesthesiologist, circulation nurse, registered nurses, and the surgeon. But basically, the surgeon will be your boss, unless otherwise stated either through state or hospital regulations.
If you’re in high school right now, and you’re thinking about becoming a surgical technologist, then you can get a head start by taking loads of science classes, computer technology, and basic math like algebra and geometry. These types of courses will leave you prepared for the college or trade school curriculum you’ll be doing. Find a surgical technology school.
You can advance your career by becoming a registered nurse. Or, you can choose to teach health services in a trade school or community college.
The lowest ten percent of surgical teach make in the vicinity of $32K. The median salary for surgical techs more than $46K, and the top 10 percent of your colleagues are earning $67K annually.
You’ll find that the highest paying industries are outpatient centers, doctors' offices, and hospitals, which pay a bit above or right around that median salary. If you’re working in a hospital, expect irregular hours with nights, weekends, and holidays on the schedule. Also, some of your shifts will be more than eight hours.
Faster than average employment growth is projected for your chosen field. Which means, there will be in excess of 12,000 new jobs opening through 2026. As long as the program you’ve completed is accredited, and you go after those certifications, you should easily find yourself a job.