Go to a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited school. The National Board of Surgical Technologist and Surgical Assistants (NBSTSA.org) ONLY recognize schools with either accreditation. Otherwise you will waste your money. Also STAY away from proprietary schools(for profit). Depending on the location, you may leave with a $20,000-$35,000 debt. If you chose to pay that much, then you might as well go to a university for a Physician's Assistant degree or a Bachelor's Degree in nursing. BE wise, you have to pay that money back if you take out loans.
Try to locate a community college ST program instead. It will be less costly. Check out www.ast.org for helpful information. There is a map posted with average salaries of Surgical Technologist members.
This profession pays "okay". But, my definition of "okay" may differ from your definition. Also, you may want to look at various job search engines for Surgical Technologist job postings. The healthcare field is growing, but it is not immune to the current economy. Many of my fellow colleagues have suffered a mandatory reduction in work hours. Thus affecting their take home pay.
My suggestion to you is this...
1) Research the field
2) Go to AST's website (Often times the board of directors will respond to the forum questions posed by various individuals)
3) Make certain that you are passionate about this career choice
4) If you are in dire straights, I hate to say this but... Go to school for nursing or Physician's assistant school and then go get your ST degree. Please do not get me wrong. I love what I do. But, when the jobs for CST's are few and far between it is difficult. With nursing, you can cross-train in another department or facility if your hours decrease. The OR is more specialized which makes this option difficult for surgical techs.
Go to NBSTSA and AST for your information and get the facts from the source!