Hey 11KL, I am not able to speak on the ER tech profession, but I can speak on the profession of Surgical Technology. I recently graduated from a surgical tech program last 04/25/2012. I was able to find a snag a job at the same hospital that I did my clinical rotations. I am happy to be in this profession and really love what I do. I understand the pay for surgical technology greatly differs from ER/EMT technologist according to www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nat.htm#29-0000 , surgical technologist make about $6.00 more per hour than EMT/ER Techs. The working hours are less crazier and more controlled, the are full benefits, and the job market for technologists is the fastest growing of all the other health professions.