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Published by Keeley Bickford, 2019-08-27 11:16:00

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Health Science Pathway Descriptions

Surgical Technologist 

1. Salary:
a. $22.74/hr or $47,300 yearly

2. Educational Requirements:
a. postsecondary nondegree award

3. Required licensure/certifications:
a. CPR and/or BLS certified,
certification through the National
Board of Surgical Technology and
Surgical Assisting or through the
National Center for Competency
Testing

4. Job Description:
a. They assist with operations; they prepare operating rooms, sterilize & arrange
equipment, prepare patients for surgery, count supplies to ensure no foreign
objects are retained in patients, and assist doctors during surgeries

5. Occupational Outlook:
a. The employment rate of surgical technologists is expected to grow 12% from
2016 to 2026

6. Personal Characteristics/Abilities Needed for this Career:
a. Communication, detail oriented, integrity, dexterity, listening skills, physical
stamina, stress-management skills

7. Advantages:
a. Getting to help with and witness surgeries

8. Disadvantages:
a. Long hours, standing on your feet for long
periods of time

9. Working Conditions:
a. Surgical Technologists may work shifts that
last longer than 8 hours and may be on call
during the night, weekends, and holidays
(when employed in a hospital). They may
have to lift patients and/or trays of equipment​.

10. Would I be suited to this job and consider it as a career possibility?:
a. Yes


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