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Surgical Technologists - 29-2055.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Surgical Tech/First Assistant
  • Certified Surgical Technician
  • Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
  • Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St)
  • Operating Room Technician (OR Tech)
  • Operating Room Technologist (OR Tech)
  • Surgical Scrub Technician
  • Surgical Scrub Technologist (Surgical Scrub Tech)
  • Surgical Technician
  • Surgical Technologist (Surgical Tech)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations

Tasks

  • Clean and restock operating room, gathering and placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instructions, such as a preference card.
  • Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
  • Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
  • Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
  • Maintain files and records of surgical procedures.
  • Maintain supply of fluids, such as plasma, saline, blood, or glucose, for use during operations.
  • Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.
  • Observe patients' vital signs to assess physical condition.
  • Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor sterilizers, lights, suction machines, or diagnostic equipment to ensure proper operation.
  • Order surgical supplies.
  • Prepare dressings or bandages and apply or assist with their application following surgery.
  • Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
  • Prepare, care for, and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
  • Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses, or anesthesiologists.
  • Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
  • Wash and sterilize equipment, using germicides and sterilizers.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Adjust settings or positions of medical equipment.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain sterile operative fields.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Dental Surgical Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Operating Room Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Opthalmic Surgical Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Sugical Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Apprentice, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Craftsman, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Helper, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman, Orthopedics (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Journeyman, Urology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Surgical Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Surgical Technologist

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Surgical Technician