Surgical Technologist

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017
8,115
declining 1.46%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$3,499
growing 3.4%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$16,950
growing 3.04%
Average Wage
$75,291
growing 1.55%
People in Workforce
4.28M
growing 4.06%
Average Employee Age
42.8
declining 1.06%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Surgical Technologist degree recipients are Nashville-Davidson metropolitan government (balance), TN, New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Surgical Technologist degree recipients are Lake Katrine, NY, Concord, CA, and Irwindale, CA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Surgical Technologist is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Surgical Technologist and the types of students that study this field. Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting awards the most degrees in Surgical Technologist in the US, but Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting and Glendale Career College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Surgical Technologist.

Tuition costs for Surgical Technologist majors are, on average, $3,499 for in-state public colleges, and $16,950 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Surgical Technologist programs are Public, 2-year institutions (273 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (3,900 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Surgical Technologist

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Surgical Technologist, is Public, 2-year (3,900 completions).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$3,499
Median In-State Public
$16,950
Median Out of State Private

Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting has the most Surgical Technologist degree recipients, with 291 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Surgical Technologist programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting and Glendale Career College have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Surgical Technologist, with 100% and 45.9%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Surgical Technologist

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Surgical Technologist by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Health graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Health majors is $75,291 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$75,291
Average Wage in Workforce
± $781
1.55%
1 Year Growth
± 1.46%

The average salary for Health majors is $75,291 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives.

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Highest Paying Locations

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Health majors, by number of employees, are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Health majors working as Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Nurse anesthetists, and Audiologists.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Health majors are Surgeons, Public relations specialists, and Podiatrists.

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Occupations by Share

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4.28M
2018 Workforce
± 50,063
4.06%
1 Year Growth
± 1.61%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.06%, from 4.11M in 2017 to 4.28M in 2018.

The largest single share of Health graduates go on to work as Registered nurses (37.3%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Health by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Industries by Share

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4.28M
2018 Workforce
± 50,063
4.06%
1 Year Growth
± 1.61%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.06%, from 4.11M in 2017 to 4.28M in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Health graduates by share is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Health.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Health majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Health in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Health is 42.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Health degrees, and White students earn the majority (4,473) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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42.8
Average Age in 2018
± 0.155 Years
1.06%
1 Year Change
± 0.52%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Health. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 30 years old, which represent 3.04% and 2.97% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Surgical Technologist are Associates Degree, 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Health are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (82.6%)
Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,473 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,720 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    1,100 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Surgical Technologist for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination
  1. Unknown Female
    10 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  2. White Female
    4 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded
  3. Unknown Male
    2 degree-grads_ethnicity_genders awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Surgical Technologist. Unknown Female students, who earn most of the degree-grads_ethnicity_genders in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Philippines
    193,770 degree recipients
  2. India
    87,510 degree recipients
  3. Mexico
    32,095 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Cameroon
    5.13 times more than expected
  2. Philippines
    5 times more than expected
  3. Saudi Arabia
    3.81 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Cameroon that hold Health degrees (5.13 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Philippines (193,770 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Surgical Technologist field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Surgical Technologist majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Surgical Technologist majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Surgical Technologist majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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