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Surgical Technologist

Description: Surgical Technologists assist with operations by preparing the operating room and gathering the appropriate equipment.

Duties:

  • Prepare operating rooms
  • Sterilize instruments/surgical supplies
  • Keep count of instruments/surgical supplies 
  • Pass equipment to surgeons during operation
  • Maintain sterile environment

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Training:

  • Requires a diploma, certificate, or associate’s degree, from a surgical technology program
  • Degree can be attained in several months to 2 years
  • Coursework in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, patient safety, infection control, and the use of medical equipment

Work Environment: hospitals

Salary: $44,940 (annual mean wage for Pennsylvania)

Job Outlook: Expected to increase by 12% from 2016-2026

(Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm#tab-2)