How to Become a Surgical Technician

If you’re interested in learning how to become a surgical technician, you may want to visit a local school to see what the educational path is for this career, but before you take that step it’s a good idea to figure out whether this career is right for you. A surgical technician is an assistant to the doctors and nurses who perform operations in hospitals, clinics and doctor’s offices. As is true of most healthcare professionals, the demand for qualified surgical technicians is on the rise because of the burgeoning elderly population. If you have the determination to finish years of studying and the disposition to work in a stressful environment and witness surgeries, this might be the job for you.

If you have graduated high school, the first step to becoming a surgical technician is to find a vocational school or community college offering a two-year certification program to prepare you for this career. The courses will teach you about surgical operations and the role of doctors, nurses and technicians in the operating room. If you get the grades to graduate, you’ll just need to pass the exams for certification. You may choose to go into a specific specialty after you’ve completed your program, such as setting up the operating room or working as a scrub assistant. You’ll also probably need to choose a specific branch of medicine to go into such as orthopedic medicine or neurology, but you may want to wait until you’ve had some experience on the job before deciding which surgical specialization is right for you.
There are jobs for surgical technicians in hospitals, clinics and private doctor’s offices. One of the most important aspects of the job is being able to study and understand the surgeons you’re working for, so you can anticipate what they will need during surgeries. Your job is to make the whole process as smooth and successful as possible for everyone involved. The median expected salary for surgical technicians in the U.S. is $40,064, and with experience you can earn more. So does this job sound right for you?