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What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

If you want to be part of the action in an operating room and aren't squeamish, consider becoming a surgical technologist. 

Surgical technologists — also called surgical techs, operating room (OR) techs or scrub techs — are critical members of a surgical team. They work with the surgeon, anesthesiologist and circulating nurse. 

Surgical techs prepare the operating room before the surgery takes place. They arrange medical equipment and assist doctors during surgical procedures, and they ensure that the room is organized and sterile after the surgery is done. 

Many surgery techs are generalists who assist with routine operations as well as emergency procedures. Others specialize in surgical areas, such as organ transplants, orthopedics or cardiology.

These medical specialists are often the first to arrive in the OR and the last to leave. Their attention to detail is critical for success.

If this fast-paced career sounds like a good fit for you, keep reading to learn more about what it takes to become a surgical tech.

A surgical technologist works in an operating room with the surgical team
Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow 6% from 2021 to 2031. (Credit: UfaBizPhoto/Shutterstock)

Responsibilities

  • Prepare the operating room for surgery
  • Maintain a sterile environment 
  • Pass instruments and other supplies to surgeon during surgery
  • Set up robotic surgical equipment (if applicable)
  • Count and keep track of all surgical instruments during and after surgery
  • Take inventory of supplies
  • Maintain records of procedures

How To Become a Surgical Tech: FAQs

The bottom line:

If you want to be in a fast-paced hospital career, this job will get you there without spending time and money to earn a bachelor’s degree. This often overlooked position is a hidden opportunity for someone with the right skills. If you’re interested in taking the next step, check out the training programs offered by SkillPointe’s partners. 

'My favorite part about my job is knowing that you are making a difference in someone’s life,' said surgical technologist Shana Frazee.

Why becoming a surgical tech is worthwhile

To learn about healthcare careers, Shana Frazee took a job in hospital housekeeping so she could see what happened in the different departments. She shadowed a doctor and soon learned about surgical technology.

“I had never heard of one before, but I instantly became interested in the position,” she says.

She trained to become a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) and has been loving this fast-paced role ever since.

Learn more about this satisfying job that keeps the surgery room running smoothly.

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