Sterilisation Technicians clean, sterilise and package surgical instruments and other hospital equipment, soft goods and linen, in a sterilisation service facility.

    You usually need a certificate III in sterilisation services to work as a Sterilisation Technician.

    Tasks

    • Identifies equipment to be sterilised.
    • Cleans and sterilises surgical instruments and other hospital equipment.
    • Operates a variety of sterilisation machines.
    • Complies with infection control policies and procedures.
    • Prepares and packs medical items.

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    • $1,387 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

    Sterilisation Technicians

    • 4,100 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 41 hours Average full-time
    • 50 years Average age
    • 72% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Sterilisation Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 3,500 in 2011 to 4,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Sterilisation Technicians work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: More than half work full-time (60%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 50 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (66%).
    • Gender: 72% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance94.1
    Public Administration and Safety1.4
    Manufacturing0.9
    Administrative and Support Services0.9
    Other Industries2.7

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateSterilisation TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW33.131.6
    VIC26.825.6
    QLD13.920.0
    SA9.07.0
    WA12.210.8
    TAS2.42.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT1.81.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketSterilisation TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.6-5.05.0
    20-243.6-9.39.3
    25-3411.3-22.922.9
    35-4419.0-22.022.0
    45-5432.8-21.621.6
    55-5916.9-9.09.0
    60-6411.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over4.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationSterilisation TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate2.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree13.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV41.1-21.121.1
    Year 1213.4-18.118.1
    Year 114.5-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below12.5-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate III in sterilisation services to work as a Sterilisation Technician.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      79% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English language

      57% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Biology

      53% Skill level

      Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

    4. Production and processing

      47% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    5. Clerical

      43% Skill level

      Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Indoors, heat controlled

      100% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    2. Telephone

      100% Important

      Talk on the telephone.

    3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      99% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    4. Exposure to contaminants

      95% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    5. Disease or infection

      94% Important

      Be exposed to disease or infections.

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