Surgical Technologist Career Guide

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Overview

Surgical Technologists are vital members of the surgical team, ensuring the smooth functioning of the operating room. They play a critical role in maintaining a sterile environment and assisting surgeons during procedures.

Essential Job Functions:

Surgical Technologists are responsible for preparing the operating room, arranging surgical instruments and ensuring all equipment is sterile and ready for use. During surgeries, they

Education

To embark on a career as a Surgical Technologist, aspiring individuals typically need to complete a post-secondary certificate or associate's degree program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

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Related certifications

After completing an accredited program, aspiring Surgical Technologists often need to earn certification, such as the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) credential offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA). Certification enhances job prospects and demonstrates competency.

Skills

Successful Staff and Travel Surgical Technologists possess a blend of technical, communication and teamwork skills. Proficiency in sterilization techniques, knowledge of surgical instruments, and the ability to anticipate a surgeon's needs are crucial. Attention to detail, manual dexterity and the ability to stay composed under pressure are also essential.

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Responsibilities

Surgical Technologists are responsible for ensuring the operating room is ready, assisting the surgical team during procedures, maintaining a sterile environment and managing surgical instruments and supplies. They also provide post-surgery patient care and assist with transferring patients to recovery areas.

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Surgical Technologist
$1,354-2,354/week

The average salary for a Surgical Technologist is $1,856.36 per week.

Last updated on June 20, 2024. Based on active jobs on Vivian.com.

Pros & Cons

Becoming a Surgical Technologist offers several advantages. It allows entry into the medical field with a relatively short education period. The role is essential for patient care and surgical success, providing a sense of fulfillment. The demand for Surgical Technologists is also expected to grow.

However, challenges exist, including the potential for physically demanding work, long hours and exposure to stressful

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Surgical Technologist Jobs


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Travel Contract

Travel Surgical Technologist

  • Portland, ME
  • Wellspring Nurse Source
  • 4x10 hrs, Days

$3,210/week

Posted 2 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Surgical Technologist

  • Portland, ME
  • ARMStaffing
  • 4x10 hrs, Days

$3,025/week

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Travel Contract

Travel Surgical Technologist

  • Belfast, ME
  • ARMStaffing
  • 5x8 hrs, Days

$2,902/week

Posted 6 days ago
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Travel Contract

Travel Surgical Technologist

  • Portland, ME
  • GLC On-The-Go
  • 4x10 hrs, Nights
  • Referral Bonus

$2,881/week

Posted 7 days ago
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