Employment Outlook

The surgical technologist will have several employment options:

  • Hospital Operating and Delivery Rooms
  • Emergency Departments
  • Central Supply Departments
  • Ambulatory Surgery Centers/GI Surgery Centers
  • Private Surgical Technologist
  • Hospital Materials Managers
  • Surgical Sales Representatives
  • Surgical Technology Instructor/Director

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states, "Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations." 

The national median hourly wage for Surgical Technologists in Illinois is approximately $20.93 and Missouri's hourly wage is approximately $19.56. Salaries will vary by states and regions.

Click here to view the 2017 Salary Map available on the The Association of Surgical Technologists website (AST.org).

Career Outcomes

In the past three years, graduates of the Surgical Technology program have obtained employment on or after graduation. Resulting in a 87% placement rate.

The Surgical Technology Program has experienced a 80% retention rate for all student entering the program within the past three years.

As part of the Surgical Technology program requirements, all students must sit for the  National Certification Exam. Below are the National Certification Exam pass rate statistics for 2014-2017: 

  • 2014          8/7=87.5%
  • 2015          8/8=100%
  • 2016          5/7=71%
  • 2017          2/4=50%

Creating an overall pass rate of 77% for the past four years.