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Medical Equipment Preparers

Also called: Sterile Processing Technician, Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician), Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Central Service Technician (CST)

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Hospital Corpsman; Hospital Corpsman Basic; Urology Technician

What they do:
Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Clean instruments to prepare them for sterilization.
  • Operate and maintain steam autoclaves, keeping records of loads completed, items in loads, and maintenance procedures performed.
  • Organize and assemble routine or specialty surgical instrument trays or other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Independence
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Word processing software

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$30,820
per year, on average
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