Surgical Technologist

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Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors and nurses during surgeries.

Surgical technologists typically do the following:

  • Prepare operating rooms for surgery
  • Sterilize equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery
  • Prepare patients for surgery, such as washing and disinfecting incision sites
  • Help surgeons and nurses during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies

Surgical technologists work as members of a healthcare team alongside physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and other healthcare workers.

Before an operation, surgical technologists prepare the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment. They also prepare patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites, positioning patients on the operating table, and covering patients with sterile drapes. Surgical technologists prepare sterile solutions used in surgery and check that all surgical equipment is working properly. They help the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves.

During an operation, surgical technologists pass instruments and supplies to surgeons and first assistants. Technologists also may prepare, care for, and dispose of specimens taken for laboratory analysis. In addition, they apply dressings. After an operation, surgical technologists may help transfer patients to recovery rooms and may clean and restock operating rooms.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
307
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
341
Jobs Percentage Change: 
11.1%
Total Annual Openings: 
8
Growth Outlook: 
Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$17.70
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$23.20
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$25.95
Salary Range: 
$80,000+
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
Major Optional Certifications: 
Operating Room Surgical Technician Certification
Tech in Surgery- Certified
Certified Surgical Technologist
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction
Support Role