Surgical Technologist Schools

Surgical technologists play an important role in preparing operating rooms, assisting surgeons with tools during surgery, and cleaning and restocking operating rooms after procedures are finished. As the health care field continues to expand rapidly, surgical technologists should see rapid job growth in coming years.

Surgical Technologist Schools

Most surgical technologist training programs last anywhere from nine months to two years, depending on the school, and programs may be offered by community colleges, the military, vocational schools, universities and hospitals. In 2008, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) listed more than 450 surgical technologist schools.

Although certification for surgical technologists is voluntary, most employers prefer to hire surgical technologists who have completed a certification exam and are up to date with continuing education requirements.

Surgical Technologist Salary and Career Outlook

Surgical technologist school graduates generally start as scrubs or operating room technicians, but can advance into the role of surgical first assistant or circulator--a position that sometimes requires additional training and involves more responsibility.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for surgical technologist careers in 2009 was $39,400. The BLS expects jobs to grow by 25 percent, much faster than average, between 2008 and 2018.

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Surgical Technologist Schools