Surgical Technology careers are riding a high-demand wave
Great news for those considering a job in the Surgical Technology field! The U.S. Department of Education’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 15% growth rate over the next decade for skilled Surgical Technicians, which translates into almost 15,000 new positions. That growth is much faster than the average 7% rate estimated for all occupations.
This job growth boom can create a shortage of skilled Surgical Technologists needed to fill key positions on medical operating room teams. How can this shortfall be met?
A large share of these well-trained medical personnel will come from accredited career education colleges and universities, such as San Joaquin Valley College. A recent article by Career Education Colleges and Universities (CECU) lays out career-demand statistics, education requirements and median annual wage information. See career.org/news/shortage-of-skilled-surgical-technologists.
What do Surgical Technologists do?
Here’s a quick rundown of the typical duties surgical technologists handle:
- Sterilize equipment, ready supplies and maintain a sterile field
- Provide pre-, intra and post-operative care to patient
- Anticipate the surgeon’s needs and provide assistance during surgery
- Safely handle and care for specimens
According to the BLS, 41% of Surgical Technology professionals will hold an Associate of Science degree. Well-trained and certified Surgical Technicians can expect to enjoy all the benefits an in-demand career can provide.
Interested in learning more about SJVC’s Surgical Technology program? Request information or call 866-544-7898.
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