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Surgical Technologists

Also called: Certified Surgical Technologist (CST), Operating Room Technician (OR Tech), Surgical Technician, Surgical Technologist (Surgical Tech)

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What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

Examples of Registered Apprenticeship programs include:

  • Surgical Technologist

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$45,160
$31,720
$64,800

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