WHAT THEY DO:
Surgical Technologists are employees of a hospital and they assist surgeons before, during, and after operations. First you will set up the operating room for surgery and pass the instruments to the surgeon during surgery. The average shift will be eight hours starting as early as 6:00 AM to as late as 3:00 PM.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING:
If you are interested in becoming a Surgical Technologist, you need to look for a two year program. This type of program is offered by many Community Colleges in your local area. During the program you can expect to work for three months in a hospital where you will scrub in and participate in actual surgeries.At the end of the course you will have to take and pass a certification exam to become a “Certified Surgical Technologist”. People who are successful in this field must be able to stay calm in stressful situations. Having a sense of humor is helpful and being able to not let things get to you is very important.
This job is not boring and each surgery and each new patient will have it’s own unique twists. The OR Staff is a close knit group and you will become like a family within a short period of time. On the downside of the job, you can expect to be on your feet for long periods of time without any breaks. Remember when you start a surgical operation, it may not always go smoothly or as planned.
The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $43,350 in May 2014 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,170.
Employment of surgical technologists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2014 to 2024 as advances in medical technology have made surgery safer, and more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries.