Surgical technologists are an important part of the medical and surgical team. Before an operation commences, surgical techs ensure the operating room and equipment is organized, sterile, and ready for use. During the operation, they stay close by the surgeon and provide him with the support he needs to succeed. Once the operation is completed, surgical techs stay behind and clean up the room in preparation for the next procedure.
To become a surgical technician you must earn an associate degree or postsecondary certification. Depending on your goals and needs, surgical tech schools in Louisiana offer a number of programs for you to choose from, including some of the following:
Though surgical technology schools and programs vary in their length and intensity, their overall goal is to prepare students for entry-level positions in the field. To do so, the programs include a mix of classwork, where students gain a foundational understanding of surgical technology, and clinical experience, where they actually put this knowledge into practice.
Students should also use their time in their specific program to prepare for the national certification exam proctored by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. As mentioned, some schools actually make passing this exam a requirement for graduating.
Surgical technologists are not required to be licensed under Louisiana state law, and must only have passed an accredited program to practice in the state.
However, as mentioned, the NBSTSA suggests students and graduates sit for the national certification exam. Upon becoming nationally certified, surgical technologists can transfer to another state easily, regardless of that state's laws regarding degrees or certifications.
Not only that, but being nationally certified gives entry-level professionals an advantage over other newcomers to the field who are not certified. Though the number of surgical technologist jobs is increasing nationwide, those just entering the field should do everything they can to make themselves marketable.
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 Louisiana. 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
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