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Surgical Technologists

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Assist 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.


  • Employment is expected to grow much faster than average.
  • Job opportunities will be best for technologists who are certified and for those who are willing to relocate.
  • Training programs last 9 to 24 months and lead to a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree.
  • Hospitals will continue to be the primary employer, although much faster employment growth is expected in other healthcare industries.


Personality I'm hands on
Salary $40,950/yr ($20.48/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Some college, no degree