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Surgical technologists, also called operating room technicians, assist with operations. They prepare operating rooms, arrange equipment, and help doctors during surgeries.
Surgical technologists typically need a diploma, certificate, or associate degree from an accredited surgical technology program. Many community colleges and vocational schools, as well as some universities and hospitals, offer accredited programs that range in length from several months to 2 years.
Surgical Technologists interact with physicians and coworkers during surgery. You will need to be able to work with a variety of different types of healthcare software to accomplish daily tasks. In addition, you need to have good hand-eye coordination and be able to maintain a sterile work environment.
After two years, you may expect to master skills related to assisting surgeons. You may also decide to pursue further education.
After five years, you may expect to continue your education to become a surgical first assistant. This means you will be the head surgical technologist during surgery.
After ten years, you may expect to once again continue your education and advance into other healthcare occupations such as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.