At a Glance
Years in School (after high school graduation):
2 years or less
$17.94-$34.08 (Mean $25.45)
*based on 2015 Alaska DOL data
One-page Description (PDF):
Surgical technologists make sure the operating room is ready by gathering sterile supplies and checking equipment. They apply equipment to prepare for incisions. Most importantly, they ensure that the operating environment is as sterile as possible.
The patient is brought in the room and positioned by the registered nurse. At this time the surgical technologist is scrubbed in setting up for the surgery.
After surgery the surgical technologist helps get the patient on the carrier to go to recovery. After the patient leaves, the surgical technologist helps clean the room and set up for the next procedure.
Most surgical technologists work in hospitals, primarily in operating and delivery rooms. Some are found in medical or dental offices where outpatient surgery is performed.
- Graduation from high school or a GED.
- Graduation from a training program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). A program that leads to an associates degree is preferred.
- Surgical technologists who pass the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) exam earn the title of “Certified Surgical Technologist.”
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