Surgical Technologists

General Information

Description

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 surgeons' assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit69.18%
  2. Private, not for profit23.67%
  3. State and local government3.80%
  4. Federal government2.09%
  5. Self-employed0.99%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 9,000 openings for surgical technologists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$49,710

State-by-state Salary

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$67,120
$37,380
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 40%
  • Post-secondary certificate 31%
  • Some college 23%
  • High school 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Psychology

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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