Sterile Products Processor

Operate water stills, mixers, clarifiers, and filtering units.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $58,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Sterile Products Processors do?

Operates water still, mixer, clarifier, and filtering unit to process liquid and powder ingredients into sterile medications: Turns valves to admit deionized water and steam to still and circulate water through condenser for distillation. Pours metered or measured amount of distilled water into container, weighs out or dumps preweighed ingredients into water and lowers mixing head into solution to dissolve and mix ingredients. Turns dial on pH meter to standard acidity reading, immerses electrodes in beaker of buffer solution, and adds acid or alkali, as specified, to achieve prescribed acidity. Pours mixture into clarifier unit to remove insoluble material. Immerses bacteriological filtering candle in clarified solution, connects tubing between candle and collecting vessel, and starts vacuum pump to draw solution through candle pores to remove bacteria and spores and produce sterile product. May set up ampoule- or vial-filling machine. May operate equipment to produce sterile, deionized water used in sterile medications. May sterilize equipment, using autoclave and disinfectant solution.


Should I be a Sterile Products Processor?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Compounder, Sterile Products

    How to Become a
    Sterile Products Processor

    Most Sterile Products Processors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gibaa&chl=no+college+%2879%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2811%25%29|bachelor%27s+%282%25%29||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,79,79
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