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Surgical Technologist

Surgical Technologist

Become a vital part of the operating room team.

Surgical Technologists (also called surgical techs, operating room technicians, and OR techs) assist in surgical operations, preparing operating rooms and assisting surgeons, nurses, and physicians before and during surgical procedures.

The Surgical Technologist program at Nevada Career Institute is a career-focused program that teaches technical skills and provides the hands-on training required to begin working with surgeons, anesthesiologists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, registered nurses, and other surgical personnel as a member of a surgical team.

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Job Growth Outlook:

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

Percent change in employment, projected 2016-26*

Surgical Technologist
12%
Other health care support occupations
14%
Total, all occupations
7%
Number of Jobs, 2016:
107,700
Employment Change, 2016-26:
12,600
Job Growth Outlook:(Much faster than average)
12%

Surgical Technologist Overview

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.

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