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Surgical Technologist

Surgical technologists prepare operating rooms for surgery, sterilize equipment and help count surgery supplies.  They prepare patients for surgery by washing and disinfecting incision sites and may transport patients for surgery. During surgery they provide surgeons with instruments, supplies, and equipment.

Important Qualities

Detail-orientated: Surgical technologists must pay close attention to their work at all times. For example, they need to provide the correct sterile equipment for surgeons during an operation.

Dexterity: Surgical technologists should be comfortable working with their hands. They must provide needed equipment quickly.

Integrity: Because they are trusted to provide sterile supplies and quality patient care during surgical procedures, surgical technologists must be ethical and honest.

Physical stamina: Surgical technologists should be comfortable standing for extended periods.

Stress-management skills: Working in an operating room can be stressful. Surgical technologists should work well under pressure while providing a high level of care.

Course Length:

  • Career-Readiness Training: 1 week
  • Pre-Training: 1 week
  • Surgical Technologist Daytime Training: 10 months
  • Total Training Length: 10.5 months

Potential Starting Wage: $16.05 per hour

Average Total Number Employed^: 360

Average Number of Openings Each Year^: 969

^Wage and employment estimates for the Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA), was accessed using the Oklahoma Wage Network (OWN) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [April 26, 2015] [].

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