5 Reasons to Become a Traveling Surgical Technologist

Deborah B By Deborah B, 4th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/25_57eym/
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Surgical technologists are in high demand in the workplace. So much so, in fact, that becoming a traveling surgical tech is a great way to improve your job outlook!

About Surgical Technologists

During surgery, a surgeon must have at least three surgical technologists with him or her. These surgical technologists will assist the surgeon with the surgery; they set up the sterile instruments and equipment, and test the equipment to make sure that it is working well. Surgical technologists also prepare the patients for surgery by helping them wash up, shave, and clean the incision area.

The expectations of a traveling surgical technologist are not different from the expectations of a stationed surgical technologist. Instead of working at a hospital or health center, they can get a job at a traveling facility. Traveling health care facilities travel to provide their medical services to people all around the world. To provide these services, they hire traveling surgical technologists.

Excellent Pay

Just like most professionals in the healthcare field, surgical technologists are compensated rather well. The average surgical technologist earns about $50,000 per year. Those with less experience typically earn around $40,000 annually, while those with more experience can earn $60,000.

The amount you earn as a surgical technologist may increase significantly, depending on your experience. For example, if you have experience with open-heart surgery, you have room to earn more than the average surgical technologist does.

Lots of Excitement

As a traveling surgical technologist, you will travel a lot. Not only will you get to save lives, but you may also get to travel to places you never dreamed of going to. You will get to see new things, taste new foods, and have the time of your life.

Unlike other professions, you will never experience boredom. The duties of a traveling surgical technologist are very unpredictable. You may do nothing during the day, only for your boss to page you at 4:00AM in the morning for an emergency surgery.

Job Security

Although the need for certain products and services might wane, people will always need professionals who can conduct surgery. As the world’s population increases, the demand for healthcare professionals will certainly increase as well.

Quick Certification

If you want to become a surgeon, you may have to spend eight to twelve years in college and medical school. Yet to become a traveling surgical technologist, all you need to do is attend one of the many accredited training programs for a few years.

Work Benefits

Traveling surgical technologists often work long hours, take calls at 3:00AM, and they sometimes work on weekends as well. Of course, their hard work isn’t unrewarded. They receive exceptional healthcare, they don’t have to pay any traveling costs, and they have paid vacation, sick days, and holidays.


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author avatar Chris
10th Aug 2013 (#)

Just got certified!!! cant wait to get a job then experience so I can travel!!!

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author avatar Jon
20th Oct 2013 (#)


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author avatar Jagger
11th Nov 2013 (#)

Jon, could you please give me a little insight about your job and training. I would greatly appreciate it.

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author avatar Scott
22nd Jan 2014 (#)

Jon could you give me some info on what companies are good to travel with. Ive been a CST for 7 years now working at a level 1 trauma center. I do alot of ortho neuro and general cases. Im really interested in traveling but i have no idea where to start. Could use some help! Thanks!

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author avatar Kristy
8th Nov 2016 (#)

Could you give me the name and number of a good recruiter?

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author avatar Jagger
11th Nov 2013 (#)

My cousin has been employed as a surgical tech for a couple of years now, and enjoys all the benefits and pay. So I have decided to go back to school to study Surgical Tech.

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author avatar Cal
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Very helpful article. I'm a USAF Surgical Tech about to enter the civilian workforce and it's a different ball game. I am looking at a traveling job to see the country.

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author avatar Diana
10th Apr 2014 (#)

just got certified!, looking for a job, is there any traveling companies will take me right now, I do not what to sit on my skills at all! please let me know!!!

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author avatar Bianca Powell
11th Jan 2016 (#)

what is the best company to go with?

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author avatar Brian
23rd Aug 2017 (#)

I don't think 50k is excellent pay for a traveler, I don't travel but work as a surg tech in Wisconsin and I made 55k last year with out traveling....

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