What does a Sterile Processing and Distribution Technologist do?

Sterile Processing and Distribution Technologists are responsible for cleaning and maintaining surgical tools and hospital equipment. It is their job to make sure that the sterilized tools are then organized into trays containing the instruments required for routine or special surgeries. They are also responsible for checking equipment to make sure it is in good repair and up to date. Sterile processing and distribution technologists might also stock crash carts.

Types of Work Environments

  • Hospitals

Education and Training Requirements

Most sterile processing and distribution technologists have a high school diploma or a GED. Some have taken courses at a college level or completed an associate's degree as well. All sterile processing and distribution technologists take a certification exam administered by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution.

Salary

According to onetonline.org, the sterile processing technician earns approximately $34,400 per year.

Professional Organization

The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution