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Is Becoming a Surgical Tech the Right Choice for You?

Aug 11, 2017 | Harrison College

Is Becoming a Surgical Tech the Right Choice for You?

If you're looking to open more doors for yourself at a less "traditional age," just know that there are jobs out there for you. In fact, we've written about viable career paths for working moms and others who feel that it's too late in the game to make a change.

Today, though, we'd like to focus on another career path that could of interest to you: a surgical tech.

But what exactly does a tech do? And is this career path really something that would be a good choice for you right now?

What Does A Surgical Tech Do?

Techs do a lot of work behind-the-scenes work in hospitals. Most of their tasks deal with prepping patients and operating rooms for various surgeries. This means that techs often have to deal with the equipment that will be used during those surgical procedures. 

They also help out during the surgeries. When surgeons ask for certain tools, the techs are responsible for providing them. At a surgery's end, a tech is tasked with dressing the patient's wound and moving that patient to the appropriate room.

Needless to say, the job itself is a pretty big deal. A tech may not be cutting into a patient, but that patient's life still depends on the tech's performance in some ways. That said, this career is not recommended for those who would be stressed out by this type of responsibility in the medical field.

How Long Does It Take to Become a Surgical Tech?

You might think that becoming a tech takes a long time. The job is, after all, in the medical field. 

If you can believe it, you don't have to spend much time at all. Becoming a tech takes a relatively short amount of time. You could become a tech in as few as two years.

Of course, not everyone becomes a tech in this short amount of time. Some programs run a bit longer, but very few programs last four years.

How Much Does a Surgical Tech Make?

We know that you've been eagerly awaiting this information. As tempting as the job sounds, you need to know how much you could make in a lifetime if you chose this career path.

So how much money can you expect to make after investing two years of time?

For the amount of training required, surgical techs make a nice amount of money. The median salary for techs was over $45,000 in 2016. In other words, it pays considerably more than other jobs.

Thinking of Pursuing a Career as a Surgical Tech?

If you've made it this far and you're thinking that this is the career for you, there's more good news ahead: You can start working towards becoming a surgical tech today.

There are several programs of study here at Harrison College that can prepare you for work in the medical field. Some of our courses are even offered online. So what are you waiting for? Take the next step and apply now!

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