Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon’s assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
Common job titles of Surgical Technologists include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
40.56% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
31.22% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
Prepare, care for, and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.
Prepare dressings or bandages and apply or assist with their application following surgery.
Order surgical supplies.
Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor sterilizers, lights, suction machines, or diagnostic equipment to ensure proper operation.
Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.
Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
Clean and restock operating room, gathering and placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instructions, such as a preference card.
Wash and sterilize equipment, using germicides and sterilizers.
Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
Observe patients' vital signs to assess physical condition.
Maintain supply of fluids, such as plasma, saline, blood, or glucose, for use during operations.
Maintain files and records of surgical procedures.
X ray machines
Warm air blankets
Voice activated surgical systemsAll Tools
Video cassette recorders VCR
Thermal cautery units
Suturing needle forceps
Surgical tubing or irrigation tubing
Surgical stapling equipment
Surgical robotics equipment
Surgical pneumatic drills
Surgical navigation systems
Steri-vac aeration cabinets
Spark-gap electrosurgical units
Slow suction units
Remote manipulation robots
Portable suction units
Orthopedic arm boards with drains
Ohio suction units
Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet Nd:YAG lasers
Motorized lift tables
Medical imagining laser printers
Medical image database systems
Master control units or manipulators
Manual blood pressure units
Lab specimen containers
Intestinal stapling devices
Internal mammary artery IMA retractors
Instrument positioning equipment
Hemorrhoidal circular staplers
Foot-operated suction units
Fiber optic luminators
Ethylene Oxide sterilizers
Endoscopic vein harvesting equipment
Endoscopic camera/video systems
Electrosurgical grounding pads
Electronic blood pressure cuffs
Doppler ultrasound equipment
Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM diagnostic medical printers
Digital electrosurgical units
Coronary bypass pumps
Continuous suction machines
Central venous catheters
Cardiac leg wedges
Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers
Autologous blood recovery systems
Argon beam coagulators
Air driver drills
Adjustable height instrument tables
Electronic medical record EMR software
Internet browser softwareAll Technologies
Nursing documentation software
Patient scheduling software
Patient tracking software
Supply documentation software
Surgery workflow communication software
Word processing software
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Teaching others how to do something.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation and Control
Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Management of Material Resources
Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.