Median hourly wage: $23.67
Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.
High School Diploma/GED Certificate
Completed certified training program and then take exam
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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many employers prefer to hire surgical technicians who are certified (www.bls.gov). The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting offers the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential. To become a CST, individuals must graduate from a CAAHEP-approved program and pass the certifying exam. The National Center for Competency Testing (NCCT) also offers a recognized certification.
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These certifications have continuing education requirements that surgical technicians must meet. The CST credential gives individuals the option of earning 60 credits or retaking the certifying exam over four years. The NCCT has similar recertifying standards.