Surgical technologists play a major role in high tech operating rooms across the country. They work under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses and other members of the surgical team. Also called scrubs and surgical or operating room technicians, they pass instruments, hold retractors, cut sutures and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.
Surgical technologists may also set up the operating rooms, run sterilizers, operate suction machines and help operate diagnostic equipment. After surgery, they restock and sterilize the operating room.
As the number of surgeries increases to meet the needs of our aging population, so will the opportunities for surgical technologists. Employment for this field is expected to grow 25% between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than average. In addition, medical advances and high-tech devices will allow surgical technologists to assist with a greater number of procedures.
Hospitals will continue to be the primary employer although much faster employment growth is expected in doctors’ offices and outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical facilities.
As important members of the operating room team, surgical technologists spend most of their day on their feet. They may have to be at work very early in the morning as well as at night and on weekends. They must perform well under pressure and keep a cool head.
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Graduates of the Herzing University Associate of Science in Surgical Technology meet the educational requirements to be eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination offered by The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.
Go to the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting  for more information about certification exams.