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Surgical Technology careers are riding a high-demand wave

July 13, 2017

Surgical Technologist in the operating room preparing for surgeryGreat 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

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.

Learn More About Surgical Technology

Learn more about what a Surgical Technologist does and how you can become one. Read more about it by checking out our guide on Surgical Technology.

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