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Surgical Technologist

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($63,110 - $68,350)

Key Facts:

  • Serve on a variety of surgical procedures including organ transplant, orthopedic or hearts
  • May assist plastic surgeons and help manage the practice
  • Employed by a temp agency, may get paid to travel to Hawaii or New York for 8-week assignments


Therapeutic Services

Class of Occupation:

- Realistic


Surgical Technologists are part of the surgical team in an operating room, working along side surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses. Before a patient goes into surgery, the Surgical Technologist may help setup the sterile and non-sterile equipment in the operating room (OR). They also will help with transporting and positioning the patient. During surgery, they may assist the surgeons by handing them sterile instruments and keeping count of sponges and other equipment used. Some may also operate sterilizers, suction machines, and surgical lights. After surgery, Surgical Technologists clean and restock the OR. To excel as a Surgical Technologist, a person needs to have manual dexterity to quickly supply the surgical team with the requested equipment and be able to handle the sometimes unpleasant sights, sounds and odors typical to the OR. The majority of jobs in this career path are in hospital, with the rest being in ambulatory surgical centers or in the offices of physicians or dentists that perform outpatient surgery. As a career field, Surgical Technology is growing faster than average, due to the growing aging population.

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Education Info


- Skyline College

Time to Completion:

3 semester(s)

Type of Program:

Certificate or Associate Degree

Educational Requirement

High School degree


$46 per unit for 30 units, plus approximately $700 of supplies and other expenses

Learn how to get started.

Getting Started

Prerequisite course listing:

- MATH 110 or 112
- BIOL 250 Human Anatomy
- HSCI 484 Medical Terminology

Application Required:


Application Deadline:

April 1

Start Date:


Additional Information:

Certification by a national organization is required for employment. Please contact Alice Erskine here

Program Website:

Career Advancement Academy Surgical Technology Financial Aid