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MCC Graduate’s Guide to Surgical Tech

Never heard of a Surgical Technologist? You may know them by another name. A Surgical Tech is often referred to as scrub tech, surgical assistant or operating room technician. No matter what you call them, Surgical Techs play an important role in the operating room. If you are looking to begin a new career in the healthcare industry, consider becoming a Surgical Technologist.

Surgical Tech Career Overview

Surgical Techs are dedicated members of the surgical team who play an integral part in the operating room. As a surgical tech, you will work alongside doctors, surgeons and nurses. Your responsibilities will consist of assisting surgeons during operations, preparing the operating room, sterilizing equipment, and prepping patients for surgery. Most Surgical Techs work in hospitals. As a surgical technologist, you can expect to work long hours and be on call during nights, weekends and even holidays. Additionally, you are required to wear scrubs. So you can tuck away your suit and tie because you won’t be needing them! Although surgical technology is a demanding job, you can go to sleep each night knowing that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life.

The Future of Surgical Tech

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Surgical Tech jobs are expected to grow by 15% from 2014-2024. The rise in employment is a result of technological advancements that make surgery safer. Additionally, the maturing baby-boom generation may soon require more operations. As of 2016, the average salary for a Surgical Technologist was $45,160 per year or $21.71 per hour. If you’re interested in working in the medical field, earning a substantial salary, having job security, and helping others in the process, a career in Surgical Tech may be perfect for you!

Academic Requirements

In order to become a Surgical Tech, you will need a Surgical Technology Associates Degree and to pass a certifying exam. It is recommended to take courses in medical terminology, surgical procedures, and basic anatomy and physiology.


Milwaukee Career College offers a Surgical Technology Training Program where you can earn your Associates Degree in less than 2 years. With MCC, you may have the opportunity to be placed in an externship where you will get hands-on experience in the medical field. Milwaukee Career College also participates in a variety of financial aid programs, and offers flexible class times and one-on-one job placement assistance. To learn more about earning your degree, visit our Surgical Technology Training Program.