Surgical Technology Careers

Surgical technicians who have earned their degrees play an essential role within an operating room. They provide a variety of essential functions including pre and post -operative preparation of the operating room as well as preparing and transporting patients to and from surgery. In addition, surgical technicians work as part of the surgical team providing the doctors with the necessary medical instruments to perform an operation. Associates and bachelor’s degrees in surgical technology are offered online and within traditional campus environments. Coursework for a surgical technology degree includes classroom and clinical experience in anatomy, physiology, pathology, microbiology and surgical procedures. Many surgical technicians earn additional certification helping them advance their careers as well as their salaries.

Employment Opportunities

Surgical technician professionals work in a wide range of positions, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical centers
  • Public and private surgical centers
  • Physician offices


Surgical technician professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Strong knowledge of medical terms
  • Surgery technology techniques
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work within a team

Industry Spotlight

As the number of surgical procedures is expected to rise as the population grows and ages, employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, technological advances, such as fiber optics and laser technology, will permit an increasing number of new surgical procedures to be performed and also will allow surgical technologists to assist with a greater number of procedures.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008