Tend autoclaves that sterilize drug products and equipment.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Sterilizers do?

Tends autoclave that sterilizes drug products, containers, supplies, instruments, and equipment: Places articles in autoclave manually or by use of electric hoist. Secures door or lid, turns dials to adjust temperature and pressure, and opens steam valve. Shuts off steam and removes sterilized articles after specified time. Records time and temperature setting and gauge readings. May wrap supplies and instruments in paper or cloth preparatory to sterilizing.

Should I be a Sterilizer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Can Sterilizer, Instrument Sterilizer, Surgical Supplies Sterilizer

    How to become a Sterilizer

    Sterilizers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Sterilizer-related education!
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