- Category: Health Care
The Sterile Processing Technician program prepares individuals for the field of Sterile Processing and Central Service Supply.
The Sterile Processing Technician is responsible for many vital services within an operating room, health facility, decontamination room, sterile supply, etc.
Preparation and packaging for sterilization
Monitoring the process of steam, Ethylene Oxide, dry heat, and liquid chemical sterilization
Maintaining product sterility
Storage distribution, inspection, and inventory control of supplies, instruments, and equipment
Graduates of this program can look forward to an exciting career working in:
- Outpatient surgery centers
- Contract sterilization organizations
With the growing healthcare needs of the aging population, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. ¹
A sterile processing technician salary depends greatly on geographic location and level of experience. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics groups sterile processing technicians in with other “medical equipment preparers.”
Based on national estimates from May 2015, the median annual wage for medical equipment preparers was $33,330.¹
This means that half earned more than that amount, and half earned less. The typical sterile processing tech salary likely falls close to this median.
Generally speaking, starting pay for sterile processing technicians tends to be around $11 to $16 per hour and can go as high as about $24 per hour with experience. Of course, this all depends on your employer and work location.
Most full-time sterile processing techs also receive full benefits like paid vacation and health insurance.
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¹ BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, ON THE INTERNET AT HTTP://WWW.BLS.GOV/OES/CURRENT/OES319093.HTM (VISITED NOVEMBER 22, 2016).
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