by Rachel Olsen
Are you at a point in your life where it’s time to make a decision on which career path to choose? Whether you’re in high school, recently graduated, or even just looking to make a career change, there are many great reasons to choose a career as a surgical technologist.
Out of those reasons, let’s take a look at the top five:
- Rewarding, Exciting Work – For starters, the surgical technologist position is one that comes with a lot of excitement, challenges and great humanistic rewards. If you take joy in helping others and get pleasure from knowing that you rose to the occasion in a fast-paced, high-risk job, being a surgical technologist is definitely a career path for you. There is rarely a more fulfilling feeling than helping to save another person’s life.
- Great Salary – Even if you are just starting off as a surgical technologist, the salary and benefits are fantastic. For instance, in Rochester, MN, the average salary is $26 per hour with a yearly income of around $55,000. On average, most starting salaries across the country are between $12 and $18 an hour with an annual income of approximately $35,000. But with the opportunity for you to receive advanced training, you can easily make much more, at a much faster rate than in fields requiring similar education.
- High Demand – Because of the rapidly aging baby boomer generation, the increased demand for medical professionals that comes along with an aging population is reaching an all-time high. National job growth for surgical technologists is expected to increase by 19 percent over the next decade as age-related illnesses and surgeries become more prevalent. This higher-than-average projected career growth makes a career in surgical technology more stable, and increases the likelihood that you can find a jobin whatever location you wish.
- Quick Training Programs – Because the demand is so high for surgical technologists, there are fast-track programs available that make training even faster, but on average, the typical surgical technologist attends school for two years. The school must be an accredited program and will prepare you for an exciting career as a surgical tech.
- Opportunities for Advancement – Another great thing about being a surgical technologist is that there are many opportunities for advancement throughout your career. With a variety of options available for advanced and continued training, you can further specialize in a specific field to become even more in-demand and higher paid. Categories such as cranial surgical techs, cardiac surgical techs, and vascular surgical techs bring with them higher salaries and the opportunity to work anywhere in the world that you desire.
The bottom line is that as a surgical technologist, you will be in-demand, receive great compensation for your work, find altruistic fulfillment in helping people, and be in a position to do with your life just what you want to.
Rachel Olsen manages an educational website for aspiring surgical technologists, called Surgical Technologist Now.