Surgical Technologists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Wound drains


Washer sterilizers

Washer sanitizers

Warm air blankets

Voice activated surgical systems

All Tools

Video cassette recorders VCR


Vacuum extractors

Ultrasonic cleaners

Tracheostomy tubes


Thermal cautery units

Tablet computers


Suturing needle forceps

Suturing kits

Suture needles

Surgical tubing or irrigation tubing

Surgical stapling equipment

Surgical robots

Surgical robotics equipment

Surgical retractors

Surgical probes

Surgical pneumatic drills

Surgical navigation systems

Surgical lasers

Surgical forceps

Surgical elevators

Surgical drills

Surgical drapes

Surgical drains

Surgical dissectors

Surgical dilators

Surgical clamps

Surgical aspirators

Suction machines


Sternal saws

Steri-vac aeration cabinets

Sterad machines

Spark-gap electrosurgical units

Smoke evacuators

Slow suction units

Skin staplers


Robotic manipulators

Robotic arms

Ring stands


Remote manipulation robots

Pulmonary resuscitators

Positioning equipment

Portable suction units

Pneumatic tourniquets

Personal computers

Orthopedic drills

Orthopedic arm boards with drains

Ohio suction units

Notebook computers

Neurotome drills

Nerve stimulators

Neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet Nd:YAG lasers

Needle holders

Motorized lift tables

Minidriver drills


Medical imagining laser printers

Medical image database systems

Mayo stands

Master control units or manipulators

Manual blood pressure units



Linear staplers


Lab specimen containers

Kleinert-Kutz elevators

Intraluminal staplers

Intestinal stapling devices

Internal mammary artery IMA retractors


Instrument tables

Instrument positioning equipment

Hyper/hypothermia units

Hemorrhoidal circular staplers


Fracture tables

Foot-operated suction units

Fluoroscopy equipment

Flash autoclaves

Fiber optic luminators

Eye magnets

Eye lasers

Ethylene Oxide sterilizers

Endoscopy equipment

Endoscopic vein harvesting equipment

Endoscopic camera/video systems

Electrosurgical units

Electrosurgical monitors

Electrosurgical grounding pads

Electronic blood pressure cuffs

Electrocautery equipment

Doppler ultrasound equipment

Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM diagnostic medical printers

Digital electrosurgical units

Desktop computers


Dermatome blades


Cryo-ophthalmic units

Cryo units

Craniotome drills

Coronary bypass pumps

Continuous suction machines

Cholangiocath catheters

Chest drains

Central venous catheters

Cell savers


Cardiovascular stents

Cardiac leg wedges

Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers

Blood/fluid warmers

Autotransfusion systems

Autologous blood recovery systems


Argon beam coagulators

Anesthesia machines

Air driver drills

Adjustable height instrument tables


MEDITECH software

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Windows

Electronic medical record EMR software

Email software

Graphics software

Internet browser software

All 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.

Active Listening

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.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

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.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Teaching others how to do something.

Service Orientation

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.

Equipment Maintenance

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

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