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Technologist, Surgical
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesAssist 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.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$38,700 in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsSurgical technologists work in clean, well-lit, cool indoor environments, usually wearing a special uniform. They must stand for long periods and remain alert during operations, and they must be thorough and accurate in their work. At times, they may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials.

Minimum Education RequirementsTechnical Program

SkillsLearning Strategies, Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Equipment Selection, Troubleshooting, Active Learning, Coordination, Speaking

AbilitiesOral Expression, Speech Recognition, Manual Dexterity, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Problem Sensitivity, Near Vision, Speech Clarity, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsLisa Brown