Surgical Technologists
SOC: 29-2055.00

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
99,800 employed

Projected (2024):
114,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Anesthesia Technician
  • Certified Surgical Tech/First Assistant
  • Certified Surgical Technician
  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
  • Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St)
  • Operating Room Technician (OR Tech)
  • Operating Room Technologist (OR Tech)
  • Scrub Technician
  • Surgeon's Assistant
  • Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
  • Surgical Orderly
  • Surgical Scrub Technician
  • Surgical Scrub Technologist (Surgical Scrub Tech)
  • Surgical Technician
  • Surgical Technologist (Surgical Tech)


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
  • Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.
  • Wash and sterilize equipment, using germicides and sterilizers.
  • Prepare, care for, and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
  • Prepare dressings or bandages and apply or assist with their application following surgery.
  • Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor sterilizers, lights, suction machines, or diagnostic equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.
  • Observe patients' vital signs to assess physical condition.
  • Maintain supply of fluids, such as plasma, saline, blood, or glucose, for use during operations.
  • Maintain files and records of surgical procedures.
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
  • Clean and restock operating room, gathering and placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instructions, such as a preference card.
  • Order surgical supplies.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable height instrument tables
  • Air driver drills
  • Anesthesia machines
  • Argon beam coagulators
  • Autoclaves
  • Autologous blood recovery systems
  • Autotransfusion systems
  • Blood/fluid warmers
  • Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers
  • Cardiac leg wedges
  • Cardiovascular stents
  • Cavitrons
  • Cell savers
  • Central venous catheters
  • Chest drains
  • Cholangiocath catheters
  • Continuous suction machines
  • Coronary bypass pumps
  • Craniotome drills
  • Cryo units
  • Cryo-ophthalmic units
  • Defibrillators
  • Dermatome blades
  • Dermatomes
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital electrosurgical units
  • Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM diagnostic medical printers
  • Doppler ultrasound equipment
  • Electrocautery equipment
  • Electronic blood pressure cuffs
  • Electrosurgical grounding pads
  • Electrosurgical monitors
  • Electrosurgical units
  • Endoscopic camera/video systems
  • Endoscopic vein harvesting equipment
  • Endoscopy equipment
  • Ethylene oxide sterilizers
  • Eye lasers
  • Eye magnets
  • Fiber optic luminators
  • Flash autoclaves
  • Fluoroscopy equipment
  • Foot-operated suction units
  • Fracture tables
  • Graspers
  • Hemorrhoidal circular staplers
  • Hyper/hypothermia units
  • Instrument positioning equipment
  • Instrument tables
  • Insufflators
  • Internal mammary artery IMA retractors
  • Intestinal stapling devices
  • Intraluminal staplers
  • Kleinert-Kutz elevators
  • Lab specimen containers
  • Laparoscopes
  • Linear staplers
  • Lithotripters
  • Loupes
  • Manual blood pressure units
  • Master control units or manipulators
  • Mayo stands
  • Medical image database systems
  • Medical imagining laser printers
  • Microscopes
  • Minidriver drills
  • Motorized lift tables
  • Needle holders
  • Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG lasers
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Neurotome drills
  • Notebook computers
  • Ohio suction units
  • Orthopedic arm boards with drains
  • Orthopedic drills
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pneumatic tourniquets
  • Portable suction units
  • Positioning equipment
  • Pulmonary resuscitators
  • Remote manipulation robots
  • Retractors
  • Ring stands
  • Robotic arms
  • Robotic manipulators
  • Scalpels
  • Skin staplers
  • Slow suction units
  • Smoke evacuators
  • Spark-gap electrosurgical units
  • Sterad machines
  • Steri-vac aeration cabinets
  • Sternal saws
  • Stretchers
  • Suction machines
  • Surgical aspirators
  • Surgical clamps
  • Surgical dilators
  • Surgical dissectors
  • Surgical drains
  • Surgical drapes
  • Surgical drills
  • Surgical elevators
  • Surgical forceps
  • Surgical lasers
  • Surgical navigation systems
  • Surgical pneumatic drills
  • Surgical probes
  • Surgical retractors
  • Surgical robotics equipment
  • Surgical robots
  • Surgical stapling equipment
  • Surgical tubing or irrigation tubing
  • Suture needles
  • Suturing kits
  • Suturing needle forceps
  • Syringes
  • Tablet computers
  • Thermal cautery units
  • Tourniquets
  • Tracheostomy tubes
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Vacuum extractors
  • Venodynes
  • Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Voice activated surgical systems
  • Warm air blankets
  • Washer sanitizers
  • Washer sterilizers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wound drains
  • X ray machines
  • Database software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Email software
  • Graphics software
  • Internet browser software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Nursing documentation software
  • Patient scheduling software
  • Patient tracking software
  • PracticeWorks Systems Kodak WINOMS CS
  • Supply documentation software
  • Surgery workflow communication software
  • Word processing software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800