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Surgical Tech Success Newsletter, for
August 29, 2005
In the last newsletter we talked about how the feeling of being overwhelmed is completely normal.
Today, I'd like to tell you a little about another very common subject when it comes to being a surgical tech.
~The subject of making "lots of money"...
One of the first things that comes to most peoples mind is "How much will I make$$"
Well, there really isn't a way to say exactly how much you will make because the way you approach your new field is going to determine that.
I can tell you from being in and around the surgical world for over 20 years that it is possible to make the big bucks if you plan a career.
You see, most people go to school, get certified, find a job, and then stop.
They don't actively work on a career and eventually become complacent with "just a job". This basically means, they stop looking at the world of surgical technology as a career and it turns into a regular job.
Now, don't get me wrong. Most people are very happy with "just a job" and I'm not trying to make it sound like a bad thing.
Having a job, being productive, and working in a field you enjoy is awesome!
But, if you want to make a really good living in surgery, you have to actively work on a game plan for your career.
Do you want to become a CFA?
Do you want to work privately?
Do you want to travel?
Do you want to get into medical sales?
Do you want to teach?
Do you want to become a PA, RN, or even an MD?
It's all possible! AND you can make it happen!
However, as with any other career out there, you have to start at the beginning.
You have to "pay your dues", put in some time, get the experience, and move up from there.
The great thing about working in surgery is that you can learn fast. This translates into moving your career forward at a quicker pace.
Listen, nobody is going to come right out of tech school making a hundred grand per year.
But that six figure salary is possible if you develop a plan and work that plan.
The first thing on your plan is to work hard in school, ask lots of questions, graduate, and become certified.
Certification is a very important step in advancing your career. Some schools and programs have a prep course for the certification test. Ask your instructors what they feel is the best apporoach to studying for the ceritification test.
You can find three of the top certification study guides at:
Scroll down to the bottom of that page.
There is also an excellent list of Surgical Tech Books at:
So, how much will you make? I think a better thing to ask is "How much do you want to make?"
Stay positive, ask questions, study hard, and keep learning. That's the solid foundation to build from and work your way into the "big money".
Until next time~
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