Surgical Assistants

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Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons. May, in accordance with state laws, help surgeons to make incisions and close surgical sites, manipulate or remove tissues, implant surgical devices or drains, suction the surgical site, place catheters, clamp or cauterize vessels or tissue, and apply dressings to surgical site.

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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 24%
  • Post baccalaureate 16%
  • Post-secondary certificate 15%
  • High school 13%
  • Some college 10%
  • Master's degree 7%
  • Bachelor's degree 7%
  • Post-doctoral training 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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