Surgical technologist essential career information:
- 2012 median pay: $41,790
- 2012, number of jobs: 97,150
- Employment growth forecast, 2010-2020: 19 percent
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary non-degree award
Surgical technologists; what they do:
A surgical technologist career attracts detail oriented people who possess technical skills, enjoy a fast-paced setting and enjoy working in an operating room.
Surgical technologists perform a variety of duties such as helping doctors and nurses during operations through handing them surgical instruments and other sterile supplies. In fact, a certified surgical technologist works with various members of healthcare personnel such as nurses, surgeons and physicians.
A surgical technician career includes preparing, restocking, counting and sterilizing all the surgical instruments necessary for an operation. A surgical technician career also includes preparing patients for surgery, prepping surgeons by assisting them in scrubbing hands, putting on gloves and surgical gowns and assessing surgical team needs at all times during surgery.
Surgical technologists prepare dressings or bandages for patients following surgery as well as organize sterilizers, adjust lights, and suction equipment.
Surgical technologists job titles:
- Surgical Scrub Technician
- Operating Room Technician
- Operating Room Surgical Technician
- Surgical Technician
- Surgical Scrub Technologist
- Endoscopic Technologist
- Certified Surgical Technologist
- Certified Surgical Technician
Surgical Technologists Education, Certification and License Requirements
Surgical technologists typically need a post-secondary or an Associate in surgical technology degree to begin a surgical technologist career. Training can range from several months to two years and result in either certification or an associate’s degree.
Some employers may require surgical technologists to have certification as well as have some experience with hands-on training in supervised clinical settings. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education recognized surgical technology training programs.
Surgical technologist programs cover subjects such as:
- Medical terminology
- Surgical technology
- Surgical technology
- Surgical procedures
Surgical Technologists Job Outlook
Forecast: 19 percent employment growth for surgical technologists from 2010 to 2020.
Advances in surgical technology, the increase in the number of operations, baby boomers aging and in need of more surgeries and replacing registered nurses with surgical technologists to save costs in operating rooms increases the demand for surgical technologists.
Certified surgical technologists have better job prospects than surgical technologists without certification.
Surgical Technologists Salary
- 2012 median annual wage: $41,790
- 2012 workers at the 75th percentile annual wage: $50,500
- 2012, workers at the 25th percentile annual wage: $34,560
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