Surgical Technologists

Last updated December 31, 2014

Nowhere is teamwork needed more than in the operating room. And the surgical technologist is a key member of the team.

Doctors, nurses, and patients depend on the sterile field that the surgical technologist sets up and enforces. Techs also stock the blood and other surgical supplies. Through all stages of the operation, the tech is there to assist, predicting what will be needed next, while keeping track of the patient's condition.

Surgical technologists ensure the safety of patients; sterilize instruments; and handle special equipment, drugs, and supplies during surgery.

Did You Know?

You can’t be squeamish in this line of work, since you'll hand the surgeon tools during surgery and monitor the patient’s blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs.

Are You Ready To...?

  • Be a responsible member of a medical team, with others depending on you
  • Sterilize all instruments and equipment needed for an operation
  • Shave and clean patients’ bodies before surgery
  • Assemble all the necessary blood, drugs, and equipment before surgery
  • Spend hours on your feet during operations

It Helps To Be...

Organized, responsible, attentive to detail, and a great team player.

Make High School Count

  • Hit the books in biology, chemistry, and math.
  • Pay attention in health class.
  • Build strong communication skills in class discussions, speech, and drama.
  • Polish your teamwork skills in sports and club activities.
  • Stay fit by going out for swimming, track, or another sport.

Did You Know?

Technologists must know procedures well to have instruments ready for surgeons without having to be told.