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You don't need college for a good salary: how to become a sought-after specialist in America in 6 weeks

Many believe that an American college degree is a ticket to a world of success and high salaries. But it is not always the case. 39% of Americans who have completed a two- or four-year college degree confessedthat their education was not worth the money spent on it, and 28,2% (14,5 million) of US residents with higher education cannot find a job in their specialty.

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Experience is more important than a diploma

Trends in the American labor market are changing. Nowadays, many companies hire people who have a certain specialty and skills in their hands, and the presence of a higher education is not required. According to research CEW (Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University), a total of 54% of jobs in the US in 2020 did not require higher education, their descriptions said “some college or no diploma”. This category mainly covers people with professional certifications. CEW data also shows that 44% of all “good jobs” (defined as jobs with at least $ 35 per year for newcomers and at least $ 000 per year for experienced employees) are currently held by employees without a degree. bachelor's degree, and most of them did not attend college at all.

Most often in this category fall mid-level programmers, computer administrators, pharmacy workers, but especially often medical workers.

And here one profession stands out especially - the Sterile Processing Technician (specialist in the sterilization of medical instruments). Today it is the most demanded job in medicine, not only in the USA, but all over the world.

About 5 years ago, the governors of five states - New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Tennessee and Pennsylvania - signed a decree requiring all medical personnel working in the sterilization field to obtain a professional certification.

In connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the requirements for sterility and, especially, sterility of medical instruments have increased many times over. Today, most medical institutions where operations and various procedures are performed are in dire need of professionally trained and certified sterilization workers. In the USA alone, the number of open vacancies exceeds one million.

How to become a Sterile Processing Technician

It is necessary to pass the IAHCSMM (International Association Healthcare Central Service Material Management) certification test, it consists of 150 questions that must be answered in 3 hours. Anyone who successfully passed the test and received a certificate is eligible to work as a Sterile Processing Technician not only in the United States, but also in dozens of other countries around the world.

There are several options for preparing for the test:

1. Independently

  • The term of preparation is not limited.
  • The cost of preparation is a book published by the IAHCSMM ($ 80 - $ 100).
  • Employment - independently, including writing a resume, finding an internship, preparing for an interview.
  • Required level of English: above intermediate, so that you can read and understand the book, take a test, write a resume.

2. College

  • The preparation period is from one to two years; during the training, the student will be given a lot of information, which significantly exceeds what is asked about on the test, but does not necessarily help in the work.
  • The cost of training is several thousand dollars (depends on the college).
  • Employment - on your own or through college career centers.
  • Required level of English: fluency or very high level to understand the teacher, answer questions and write papers.

3. Sterile Processing Technician Course at Multyprep

  • Preparation period - from 6 to 8 weeks (depending on the chosen training format)
  • Preparation cost - $ 900 when registering for the course before September 20... The total cost of the course is $ 1300 (the price includes not only the lessons, but also the latest edition of the IAHCSMM book and 800 additional questions that will help you in your work).
  • Employment - students who have completed the course will draw up a professional resume, prepare for an interview and provide real assistance in finding a job.
  • Required level of English: intermediate. Teaching is conducted in English, but Russian-speaking teachers are always ready to help. Professional vocabulary is mastered during the course.

For those who cannot yet absorb new information in English or are not confident in their abilities, but do not want to postpone the opportunity to get a profession in demand in America, Multyprep has a Sterile Processing Technician course in Russian. The school even has teaching materials in Russian. At the same time, all the main professional terms in the Russian-language course are still voiced by the teacher in English, so that each student can then understand and correctly answer the questions of the certification test. For details, call Multyprep at 917-945-9506 or write:

If, after training, the graduate fails the certification test, he can re-take the course in Multyprep completely free of charge.

Photo from the personal archive of Multyprep graduate Olesya

Next Sterile Processing Technician Course at School Multyprep with training on weekdays will begin 27 September. Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:00 to 17:00 EST, duration 6 weeks.

19 October the course in Russian starts. Students will study on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 to 5 for 2 months.

2 October the course starts with training on weekends. Students will study for 8 weeks on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 to 15:00 Eastern European Time.

Do you need college at all

Although higher education has slightly lost ground in the American labor market, it is still very much in demand, especially if you want to occupy leadership positions and have no restrictions on moving up the career ladder. For example, a medical instrument sterilization specialist may advance to the position of manager of a hospital sterilization department, whose salary exceeds $ 100 per year, but for this he needs an associate degree, that is, a diploma that is awarded after completing a 2-year college program.

The college broadens the prospects of many specialists who started their career with professional certificates and without higher education. But people with work experience have a significant advantage over those who go to college right after school or right after moving to America. They have already studied and passed through themselves the area in which they want to grow further with the help of college. At the same time, many applicants after school go where their parents advised; where most friends went; or just "at random", because they have not yet understood exactly what they want. As a result, after receiving a diploma and trying to work, many are disappointed, want to retrain and suffer from the fact that they have wasted 4 years of their lives and a lot of money.

Therefore, it is better to enter college after you have experience, and it is better to start with a certificate and work, which, moreover, will help save up for higher education.

Material prepared in partnership with

Multyprep Inc

phone:+1 917 945 9506

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