FAQ: Becoming a Surgical Tech

If you’re dreaming of being in the medical field, but don’t want to spend 12 years of school to get there, a career in Surgical Technology may be exactly what you’re looking for! Surgical Technology is a fast growing field with expanding opportunities. As you consider becoming a Surgical Tech, you may want to ask yourself these 4 questions before you start your training.

What does a Surgical Tech do?

A Surgical Tech is a critical part of the operating staff. Surgeons rely on the Surgical Techs to provide patient care before, during and after surgery. The Surgical Technician will often be responsible for setting up and tearing down the surgical area. This includes arranging surgical instruments, disinfecting the area and tools, and maintaining cleanliness and organization throughout procedures. Learn what else Surgical Techs are responsible for!

How are the job outlook and pay?

Average wage varies with experience and geographical location, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median income as $45,160 annually or $21.71 per hour. There is also a faster than average growth for jobs as a Surgical Tech. It is expected that job opportunities will grow by 12% between 2016-2026, adding over 12,000 new jobs in Surgical Technology! Read more about the rising need for Surgical Techs.

What training is required?

Most positions require certification to become a Surgical Tech, although regulatory requirements vary by state. Milwaukee Career College offers a hands-on Surgical Technology training program that can give you the skills you need to be successful in your new career! Earn your Surgical Technology Associates Degree in less than 2 years. Let MCC help you fulfill your dream of working in the medical field!

Where do Surgical Techs work?

While they are often found in hospitals, Surgical Techs have a variety of work environments to choose from. These include Urgent Care Facilities, Private Practices and Clinics, Outpatients Care Centers and Physicians’ Offices! The procedures a Surgical Tech assists in will depend on which work environment they choose.


The most successful Surgical Technicians have similar qualities that make them perfect for the job. As a Surgical Tech, it’s important to be able to pay close attention to detail, have good physical stamina and stress management skills. Are you ready to start your new career in Surgical Technology? MCC’s Surgical Technology training program can help you reach your goals! Contact us now to get started!