Military Surgical Assistants

Military Career

General Information

Description

Surgical assistants provide care, safety, and support to service members and their families before, during, and after surgery. They assist physicians and other healthcare providers by preparing the operating room, sterilizing the surgical instruments, and assisting with anesthesia. These professionals may need to assist with surgery for injuries resulting from combat or other disasters.  

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Work Environment

Surgical assistants work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships. In combat situations, they may work in mobile field hospitals.

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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Surgical Assistants in the Military

5,464

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Salary

Average Salary

$83,224

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Education

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%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Surgical assistants in the Military will gain skills through classroom study, laboratory demonstrations, practical exercises, and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Patient care techniquesEmergency medical treatmentMethods of sterilizing surgical equipmentWorking on a medical teamBasic nursing careMinor surgical proceduresClinical laboratory proceduresMethods for diagnosing diseasesMedical management information systems

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