Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist

Alt. Names: Operating Room Technician, Scrub Technologist, Surgical Technician, Certified Operating Room Technician, Scrub Tech

Career Description:

Surgical Technologists work in the operating room (under the supervision of surgical personnel) with the main role of assisting in organizing and setting up medical equipment, instruments, and other necessities during, post, and prior to surgery.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and organize equipment and supplies of Operating Room

  • Aid and assist surgeons and nurses during operating room procedures (help them don ER clothing, and pass sterile equipment, etc)

  • Clean surgical equipment post surgery

  • Prepare patients for surgery & sterilize dressings

  • Aid in preperation,caring, and disposal of specimens taken for lab analysis

  • Monitor breathing equipment

  • Maintain written account of patients condition pre-, mid-, and post surgery

Education & Training:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree from accredited school
  • Graduate from ARC/STSA program by CAAHEP


  • 60+ hours of approved continuing education in a 4 year period


  • Certification as a Certified Surgical Technologist from the NBSTSA


$39,920 [Source: BLS.Gov]

Valuable Skills and Qualities:

This career is good for people who are:

  • Organized

  • Good communicators (oral and written)

  • Consistent in work ethic

  • Dependable

  • Critical thikers


Work Setting:

Outpatient Surgery Center, Hospitals