Surgical Technnology

Surgical technicians work under the supervision of surgical personnel and assist in surgical operations. After operations, surgical technicians transfer patients and clean the operating room. Surgical technicians prepare surgical equipment and patients before operations, pass sterile supplies to the surgeon, and observe patients' vital signs.

Job opportunities for surgical technicians will increase by 25 percent over the next 10 years, with the projected job growth increasing faster than average. Certified technicians have access to better employment and advancement opportunities.

Surgical technicians can branch off into other medial areas, such as neurosurgery, open-heart surgery, circulating technologist, or advance to a first assistant to the surgeon with the surgical team. Experienced surgical technicians can switch focus to the business aspect of the medical industry, like working in operation equipment firms.

Key Facts About Surgical Technicians

  • Most employers prefer technicians with certification.
  • About 71 percent of surgical technicians work in hospitals.
  • Employment will increase by 25 percent within the next 10 years.
  • Technicians can be certified through the National Center for Competency Testing after completing qualifications.

Surgical technicians work in hospitals or other institutions that have operating rooms and emergency room facilities. A standard 40-hour workweek is typical for surgical technicians, but many can work on-call hours and must be available to work on a short notice. Some surgical technicians can advance to positions with more responsibility such as assistant operating room administrators and supervisors.

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