Here are some things you should know if you’re considering training as a surgical technician
If you’re thinking of a career in healthcare, one interesting option is to become a surgical technologist. This is a professional who assists in surgical operations, is in charge of sterilizing the operating room, and keeps track of the equipment there. Sound intriguing? Well, it’s worth learning more to find out if a career as a surgical technician might be right for you.
This can be a fast-paced, hands-on, and demanding career, as many surgeries require long periods of time on your feet, and exposure to intense surgical sights in the operating room. However, as a surgical technician, you’re an essential member of a surgical team. Read on to get answers to the most commonly asked questions that prospective students ask us about becoming a surgical technologist.
What’s the outlook for this career?
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” According to the handbook, this projected growth is due in part to the large baby boom population getting older and requiring more healthcare.
Where do surgical technologists work?
Most surgical technologists work in hospitals where they assist in the operating room. Other opportunities include jobs in outpatient surgery centers, private surgery offices, and healthcare agencies.
How do I become a surgical technologist?
A surgical technologist training program should provide you with the education, practical experience, and preparation you need to begin a career in this field. Make sure you choose an accredited program like the one at Branford Hall, located at our Hamilton, NJ campus,
How long does it take to become a surgical technologist?
The amount of time your training will take depends on the particular program you enroll in. For students taking and successfully passing the full course load, the program at Branford Hall can be completed in approximately 65 weeks, which is about a year and three months. Be sure to check the course content and any prerequisites before you sign up to make sure you know what to expect.
What type of certification do I need to start working?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, more and more hospitals and other employers are requiring surgical technologists to be nationally certified. Some states also require you pass a national certification exam, such as the one administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Being a surgical technologist is a job that requires careful planning, a commitment to safety, and attention to detail. If this sounds like something you might be good at, take the time to learn more. Read about what it takes to become a great surgical technologist and 5 things to know about working in this field. While you’re at it, you might want to look into alternate careers in the healthcare field, like Medical Assistant or the office role of a Medical Billing and Coding Specialist. Good luck with whatever career path you decide to pursue!
This article is part of the Branford Hall weekly blog. We offer an array of professional training programs at ten campuses in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey. Reach out to us for more information today!