Sterile Processing

Career OneStop Occupation Profile

Medical Equipment Preparers

Description: what do they do?

Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Also known as:

Instrument Technician, Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician), Central Processing Technician (CPT), Sterile Preparation Technician, Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Central Service Technician (CST), Sterilization Technician, Sterile Technician, Sterile Processing Technician, Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician)

Career video

https://cdn.careeronestop.org/OccVids/OccupationVideos/31-9093.00.mp4

Transcript: Transcript for this video is not available

Outlook: will there be jobs?

New job opportunities are very likely in the future.

Find job openings

Projected employment

CaliforniaUnited States
6,500
2014 Employment
52,000
2014 Employment
7,600
2024 Employment
59,300
2024 Employment
17%
Percent change
14%
Percent change
250
Annual projected job openings
1,810
Annual projected job openings

Compare projected employment

Typical wages
Annual wages for Medical Equipment Prepares in California

LocationCaliforniaUnited States
10%$27,510$23,610
25%$33,310$28,060
Median$43,080$34,400
75%$55,630$41,860
90% $64,590$50,620

Education and experience: to get started

People starting in this career usually have:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • No work experience
  • 1 to 12 months on-the-job training

Programs that can prepare you:

  • Sterile Processing Technology/Technician

Typical education

How much education do most people in this career have?

Certifications: show your skills

Let employers know you have the skills to do well at this job.
Earning a certification can help you:

  • Get a job
  • Get a promotion

Find certifications
Licenses: do you need one?

Some states require an occupational license to work in this career.
Find license details for your state

Apprenticeships: learn on the job

Apprenticeships combine paid on-the-job-training with classroom lessons.
Find apprenticeship sponsors

Activities: what you might do in a day

  • Clean medical equipment.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments.
  • Operate medical equipment.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Monitor medical equipment to ensure proper functioning.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
  • Stock medical or patient care supplies.
  • Attend educational events to update medical knowledge.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology – Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking – Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
  • Monitoring – Keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements.
  • Quality Control Analysis – Testing how well a product or service works.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision – Seeing details up close.
  • Problem Sensitivity – Noticing when problems happen.
  • Oral Comprehension – Listening and understanding what people say

Related occupations

  • Endoscopy Technicians
  • Semiconductor Processors
  • Crushing, Grinding, and Polishing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders
  • Dental Laboratory Technicians
  • Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
  • First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitorial Workers
  • Surgical Technologists
  • Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, and Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders.
  • Pump Operators, Except Wellhead Pumpers
  • Non-Destructive Testing Specialists

This information was retrieved on 2/10/2018 at 7:43 PM Eastern Time from Occupation Profile at CareerOneStop (www.CareerOneStop.org), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. https://www.CareerOneStop.org/Toolkit
/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx
Wage information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. (https://www.bls.gov/oes/home.htm)
Education information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. (https://www.bls.gov/emp/)
Information on Occupational Description, Interests and Tasks comes from the Occupation Information Network. (https://www.onetonline.org/)

 

REQUEST A CALL

By submitting this information, you agree that we may call, email and/or text you about educational services via the contact information you provided.