Sterile Processing Technician

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2022
1,193
growing 7.67%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$3,882
growing 1.7%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$11,820
growing Infinityk%
Average Wage
$87,543
growing 7.57%
People in Workforce
4.66M
growing 3.36%
Average Employee Age
42.6
declining 0.529%

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In 2022, the locations with the highest concentration of Sterile Processing Technician degree recipients are Antioch, CA, Philadelphia, PA, and Tampa, FL. In 2022, the locations with a relatively high number of Sterile Processing Technician degree recipients are Irwindale, CA, Antioch, CA, and Coconut Creek, FL. The most common degree awarded to students studying Sterile Processing Technician is a 1 to 2 year postsecondary certificate.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Sterile Processing Technician and the types of students that study this field. Contra Costa Medical Career College awards the most degrees in Sterile Processing Technician in the US, but Premiere Career College and Antilles School of Technical Careers have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sterile Processing Technician.

Tuition costs for Sterile Processing Technician majors are, on average, $3,882 for in-state public colleges, and $11,820 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Sterile Processing Technician programs are Public, 2-year institutions (43 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (525 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Sterile Processing Technician

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Sterile Processing Technician, is Public, 2-year (525 completions in 2022).

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$3,882
Median In-State Public
$11,820
Median Out of State Private

Contra Costa Medical Career College has the most Sterile Processing Technician degree recipients, with 107 degrees awarded in 2022.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Sterile Processing Technician programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Premiere Career College has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Sterile Processing Technician, with 33.9%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Sterile Processing Technician

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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 $87,543 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives.

The industry that employs the most Health majors is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Farm supplies merchant wholesalers.

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$87,543
Average Wage in Workforce
± $877
7.57%
1 Year Growth
± 1.33%

The average salary for Health majors is $87,543 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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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, Physicians, and Nurse anesthetists.

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Occupations by Share

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4.66M
2022 Workforce
± 52,192
3.36%
1 Year Growth
± 1.54%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.36%, from 4.51M in 2021 to 4.66M in 2022.

The largest single share of Health graduates go on to work as Registered nurses (36.5%). 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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Most Common

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Sterile Processing Technician is from the 2 Digit Course Health.
4.66M
2022 Workforce
± 52,192
3.36%
1 Year Growth
± 1.54%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.36%, from 4.51M in 2021 to 4.66M in 2022.

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 Outpatient care centers. 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 for those who earn a degree in Health in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Health is 42.6.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate. Female employees are more likely to hold Health degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Health (385 students).

Workforce Age

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42.6
Average Age in 2022
± 0.149 Years
0.529%
1 Year Change
± 0.499%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Health. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 31 years old, which represent 3.06% and 3% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Sterile Processing Technician are 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate, Associates Degree, and Postbaccalaureate 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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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (77.2%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    385 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    333 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    315 degrees awarded

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

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Sterile Processing Technician.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Philippines
    202,070 degree recipients
  2. India
    87,039 degree recipients
  3. Mexico
    36,759 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Philippines
    5.03 times more than expected
  2. Cameroon
    3.6 times more than expected
  3. Nigeria
    3.1 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Philippines that hold Health degrees (5.03 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 (202,070 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Sterile Processing Technician field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Sterile Processing Technician majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Sterile Processing Technician majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, Equipment Selection, Troubleshooting, Science, Operation and Control, Operation Monitoring, Quality Control Analysis, Time Management, Mathematics, Complex Problem Solving, Operations Analysis, Negotiation, Writing, Judgment and Decision Making, Instructing, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, Learning Strategies, Speaking, Persuasion, Critical Thinking, Management of Personnel Resources, Active Learning, Social Perceptiveness, Management of Financial Resources, Service Orientation, Monitoring, Management of Material Resources, Systems Evaluation, Systems Analysis, Technology Design, Programming, and Installation.

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 Sterile Processing Technician 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, Writing, Active Listening, Instructing, Critical Thinking, Learning Strategies, Active Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Complex Problem Solving, Time Management, Monitoring, Social Perceptiveness, Science, Coordination, Persuasion, Mathematics, Negotiation, Service Orientation, Systems Analysis, Systems Evaluation, Management of Personnel Resources, Operations Analysis, Quality Control Analysis, Operation Monitoring, Management of Material Resources, Management of Financial Resources, Equipment Maintenance, Troubleshooting, Repairing, Equipment Selection, Operation and Control, Technology Design, Programming, and Installation are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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