Surgical technicians may not get to share the spotlight too often, but they are an integral part of any surgical team and procedure. These individuals are in charge of keeping operating rooms sterile and organized before, while, and after medical procedures take place. They're also responsible for sterilizing surgical wounds and incisions, ensuring patients are clear from any fluids or materials that could cause infection.
Arkansas hosts a number of colleges and institutions allowing students to study toward becoming surgical technologists. The programs vary in length and intensity, and, while they all culminate in similar outcomes, they all offer different perks for students with different goals in mind.
All surgical technologist programs feature a mixture of classroom and clinical experience. Some of the programs require students to have a strong foundational knowledge of the medical field before entering, while others provide this education within the first semester of the program. On the clinical side, students will need to demonstrate proficiency in putting their knowledge into practice in real-world settings before earning their degree or certificate.
Toward the end of a program, or upon completion, students will also prepare to sit for an exam administered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical First Assistants.
Surgical technologists who have completed accredited programs within the state of Arkansas are not required to become licensed.
The NBSTSA does, however, recommend those in the surgical technology profession take the exam which will allow them to become certified nationwide. This will allow those who have yet to find work as surgical techs the opportunity to display their knowledge and abilities quickly and efficiently to prospective employers. Furthermore, those who become nationally certified will have a much easier time transferring to another state that may require in-state licensing.
Once certified by the NBSTSA, surgical technologists will need to renew their certificate every four years.
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arkansas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Surgical Technologists relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 23.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org
Annual Median Salary
|Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway||400||$42,370|