Career Details

Surgical Technologist

Career Overview

Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms and patients for surgery including setting up instruments and washing and transporting patients. In addition, they may assist the surgeon during the operation by passing instruments, holding retractors, or handling specimens.


Completing a certificate or two-year college program in surgical technology is required to obtain one of these positions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$26,000 /yr
$41,000 /yr
$64,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Communication
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Surgical technologists typically work in hospitals, but some may work in surgical centers or doctor's offices. At times this job may be physically demanding because it may require moving patients around and standing for long periods of time.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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