Surgery schedulers have a highly administrative role, scheduling dates for surgeries and ensuring doctors have availability. The schedulers are also in charge of making follow-up appointments and keeping in touch with patients in case any post-surgery problems arise. Schedulers are part of a surgery technician field that is growing quickly.
Surgery schedulers can expect to earn an average of $32,000 per year, according to a survey done by indeed.com. Schedulers can often expect to receive benefits such as sick and vacation days, and health insurance.
A surgery scheduler will be expected to have at least a certificate, if not an associate's degree. Many training programs exist at technical and community colleges. More than 450 programs exist in the United States, and they usually last between nine and 24 months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Surgery schedulers can attain further certificates and degrees, which will lead to advancement in the field. They can focus on a particular area of surgery, such as neurosurgery, or can be more general and become a circulating technologist. Should the scheduler choose to leave the hospital, other jobs at insurance companies or supply services may be available.
Future Employment Outlook
The field of surgery scheduling and other jobs in the surgery technician field are expected to grow rapidly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to be at about 25 percent in the next decade. As people age, the need for medical treatment and surgery grows, meaning more demand for those in the medical industry, especially for those willing to relocate.