Surgical Technologist

surgical technologistMany people owe their lives to the miracles of modern surgery and to the skill and dedications of surgical teams, which includes the surgical technologist.

As a surgical technologist, you would be part of a surgical operating room team, and would provide important assistance to the members of that team.

You would participate at all stages of the operation by setting up and checking out instruments and equipment, preparing the patient, and assisting during and after the operation. Working as a surgical technologist entails a lot of skill and know-how and, not surprisingly, employers prefer technologists who have formal training.

Training and Qualifications

Training for surgical technologist jobs can take place at a variety of schools and colleges. Programs range from certificate or diploma taking around a year to a two-year associate degree. Courses studied will combine general medical and scientific topics (anatomy, microbiology, physiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology) with the study of the specialized skills and knowledge required to assist in an operating room. Teaching is divided between classroom work and clinical work under supervision.

After you have completed your diploma or degree, certification is available on a voluntary basis. Becoming a certified surgical technologist will increase your eligibility for surgical technologist jobs. With experience and additional training you may be able to advance to more senior positions.

Job Outlook

Your most likely job location as a surgical technologist is in a hospital. While hospitals will remain the largest providers of surgical technologist jobs, opportunities are increasing in outpatient care and the offices of physicians.

As the requirement for healthcare in general is growing and new surgical treatments are coming online, you should find that your career outlook as a formally trained surgical technologist will amply reward the time and effort of your education.