According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. The Department of Labor projects the employment of Surgical Technologists will grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.*
Surgical Technologists, also called operating room technicians, prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and assist doctors during surgeries. Surgical Technologists are responsible for preparing the operating room by setting up surgical instruments and equipment, preparing patients for surgery, helping the surgical team put on sterile gowns and gloves, and preparing sterile solutions and medications used in surgery.
Once the operation is complete, Surgical Technologists may apply bandages and other dressings to the incision site. They may also help transfer patients to recovery rooms and restock operating rooms after a procedure.
Surgical Technologists routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:
- Preparing operating rooms for surgery.
- Sterilizing equipment and make sure that there are adequate supplies for surgery.
- Readying patients for surgery, such as by washing and disinfecting incision sites.
- Helping surgeons during surgery by passing them instruments and other sterile supplies.
- Counting supplies, such as sponges and instruments.
- Maintaining a sterile environment.
CST Exam Passage Rates*Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.