Pass Rates & Employment Characteristics
Surgical Technology Program
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It is important to consider potential job opportunities when planning a career. According
to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook
Handbook, the demand for surgical technologists is expected to increase as the number
of surgical procedures grows. The volume of surgical procedures is expected to increase
as the population grows and ages. The over-50 population entering retirement age will
account for a large portion of the general population. Older people require more surgical
procedures. Technological advances, such as fiber optics and laser technology, will
also permit new surgical procedures to be performed.
Hospitals are the primary employers of surgical technologists. However, fast employment growth is expected in ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient care centers, and physician's offices.
Rapid advances in medical technology will bring dramatic changes to the field of surgical technology. Operating rooms incorporate computers, lasers, fiber optics, electronics, and robotics to carry out routine patient care. The surgical technologist must be prepared to meet these advanced challenges.
- Helps prepare the room and arrange supplies and instruments
- Opens packs and instrument sets
- Performs a surgical scrub
- Dons gown and gloves and works within the sterile field
- Prepares instruments and passes them during the procedure
- Maintains the sterile field
- Assists with other intraoperative tasks
- Helps position the patient
- Performs preoperative skin preparation
- Communicates between sterile and non-sterile areas
- Opens sterile supplies onto the sterile field during the procedure
- Assists with other tasks not requiring action within the sterile field
- Detail Oriented - Surgical technologists must pay close attention to their work at all times. For example, they need to provide the correct sterile equipment for surgeons and nurses during an operation.
- Dexterity - Surgical technologists should be comfortable working with their hands. They must be able to provide the needed equipment quickly.
- Stamina - Surgical technologists should be comfortable standing for an extended period.
- Stress Management Skills - Working in an operating room can be stressful. Surgical technologists should be able to work well under pressure while providing a high level of care.