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What is Surgical Technology?
Surgical technology is an area of study and employment that is responsible for assistance during surgeries. Surgical technologists will prepare operating rooms, arrange and organize equipment, and assist doctors and nurses during surgeries. Surgical technologists are present during surgeries, offering support and assistance, but not actually working with the patient. Technologists may also assist in the care and delivery of samples taken during surgery. All work performed by a surgical technologist will be under the supervision of qualified medical professionals.
Surgical technology requires study through either a community college or trade school, and typically takes between two months and two years to complete, and results in either a certificate or degree. These programs provide the education and information necessary in order to operate as professionals within a surgical environment, exposing individuals to the various equipment and tools they must be familiar with in order to perform their tasks without error. Additional certification is also available, providing additional training and proof of competency.
A curriculum may include:
- Surgical Technology
- Medical and Surgical Terminology
Employment Opportunities and Job Growth
Individuals seeking employment must be patient, dexterous and have high stamina. Individuals in this field will stand for hours during surgery and must quickly provide whatever assistance is required by the surgeon or nurse. Employment will be pursued at the at hospitals, clinics, or any other locations where surgeries are typically performed. The need for surgery technicians is expected to increase as public healthcare becomes more widely available, the population ages, and the need for medical professionals increases across the board. As a result there should be a marked increase in available positions for surgical technicians in the future.
Salary and Related Fields
Surgical technologists earn approximately $40,000 per year, with increases in pay coming from working in more densely populated areas, having a higher level of education, or having demonstrable work experience. Certification will also assist in achieving higher wages. In addition, taking refresher courses is advised in order to keep pace with advances in surgical technology.