Sterilization technician job description

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Sterilisation Technicians, also called Central Sterilization Technicians, prepare medical equipment for doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care professionals. They work at the central sterile processing department of a health care facility.

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Sterilisation Technicians are tasked with the proper handling, cleaning, assembly, testing and packaging of many kinds of medical instruments. The usual methods of sterilising are with heat or chemicals.


Sterilisation Technicians can be found at hospitals, clinics, surgical centres, physician offices and dental offices.


To be a Sterilization Technician, you need a high school diploma or GED. You would then enrol in a college, technical school or program to complete a certificate.


Students studying to become Sterilization Technicians learn about anatomy, surgical technology, patient care, health safety, medical terminology and sterilisation procedures.


According to, Sterilization Technicians with less than a year of experience make in the range of £5 to £7 an hour. Technicians with 20 or more years of experience can make up to £11 an hour.

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