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How to become a Surgical Tech in New Jersey
A career as a surgical technician offers great income potential and excellent job prospects with growth of over 11% projected between 2016 and 2024.
In order to become a surgical technician in New Jersey you will need to complete an accredited surgical tech program. Surgical tech programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as well as the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
A high school diploma or similar is typically a requirement for admittance into such programs. Some schools may require certain subjects such as biology or math’s as a prerequisite. Additionally you may be required to undergo some background checks and health screening as part of the admittance process.
Most surgical tech programs will typically take between 9 months and 2 years to complete depending on whether it is a certificate or degree program.
Once you have graduated from an accredited program you can then choose to sit the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) certification exams to become a Certified Surgical Technologist. Certification is not essential but it is generally preferred by employers and will help greatly with career advancement.
As of yet licensing for surgical technicians is only a requirement in a small number of states including Colorado, Illinois, Washington, Indiana, and DC.
Accredited Surgical Tech Programs in New Jersey
|Bergen Community College||Paramus||bergen.edu|
|Berkeley College||Woodland Park||berkeleycollege.edu|
|Sussex County Community College||Newton||sussex.edu|
Before you enroll in any surgical tech school it is strongly recommended that you confirm that it is fully accredited.
There are currently 4 accredited surgical technician programs in New Jersey – listed above.
You can also view the map below for more information on surgical technician programs in New Jersey.
Surgical Tech Salary New Jersey
|Top 10% of Earners||$68,200|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$39,500|
According to the most up to date Bureau of Labor Statistics data released in March 2018 the average surgical technician salary in New Jersey is $52,450 – 9% more than the national average of $48,060.
This represents an hourly wage of $25.21.
Those in the top pay brackets for the profession in New Jersey earn an average salary of $68,200 whilst those in the lower pay brackets and in entry level positions earn an average of $39,500 per annum.
There are currently 2,040 persons working as surgical technicians in New Jersey.
New Jersey Surgical Tech Employment and Salaries by Metro Area
The table below details salary and employment levels for surgical technicians in the main cities and metro areas in New Jersey.
As can be seen from the table the highest average salaries for surgical techs in New Jersey are in the Newark area whilst the highest number of surgical tech jobs are in Atlantic City-Hammonton.
|Metro Area||Average Salary||Top 10%||Bottom 10%||# Employed|
Surgical Tech V’s Related Careers
The table below compares average surgical technician salary and employment in New Jersey with salary levels for related healthcare careers in the state.
|Respiratory Therapy Tech||$64,700||60|
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