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If you wish to work in medicine but don't want to spend years and years in medical school, you should enroll in surgical technology school. Surgical technologists can earn an accredited degree in only nine to twenty-four months. During surgical technology training programs, students can brush up on their mathematics, anatomy, biology, and chemistry skills. Also, you will learn sterilization methods, surgical procedures, and equipment management techniques. Surgical technologists' duties include setting up surgical instruments, preparing patients for surgery, and handling laboratory specimens. After graduating from your program, you can earn the title of Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) by passing a national certification test. Upon graduation, your chances of finding a great job should be excellent. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that job opportunities for surgical technologists should grow rapidly through 2014.

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Surgical technology is a field in which you can learn how to become a vital team member in an operating room. You may help to prepare a patient for an operation by taking their details and preparing incision sites such as disinfecting or shaving. You may be responsible for transporting the patient to and from the operating room. Duties may include preparing the operating room with sterile drapes, laying out surgical instruments for the surgical team, or ensuring that equipment is maintained and clean. You may be involved in disposing of contaminated waste, cleaning surfaces, or delivering used surgical instruments for cleaning sterilization.

To become a surgical technologist, you must pass one of the 361 programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). You will need to be a high school graduate as a minimum educational requirement. Surgical Technology Programs last 9 to 24 months and lead to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree. You may cover topics such as health and safety, safe patient handling, ethics, hygiene, sterilization and cleaning techniques, equipment maintenance, and record keeping. You should also receive practical instruction on different surgical instruments and how to handle and pass them to the surgical team safely.

Clearly, the more highly qualified you are, the more senior your position will be. As well as obvious places of employment such as hospitals, you may find work in the armed forces, veterinary hospitals, or day clinics for small operations. You could even branch out as a field sales representative for a surgical instrument manufacturer.