Surgical Technologist (ST)/Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Surgical technologists sometimes referred to as Operating Room Technicians become an integral member of the surgical team. They provide patient care before, during, and after surgery with a primary responsibility for maintaining the sterile field.
  • They work in an operating room setting, under the direct supervision of registered nurses and surgeons.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Surgical technologists enjoy their jobs because they are interesting and challenging and they are helping people as well.
  • They should possess manual dexterity and good fine motor coordination, be able to perform accurately and efficiently under pressure, function well as a team member, and possess a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Surgical technologists work in clean, well-lighted, cool environments.
  • They must stand for long periods and remain alert during operations.
  • At times they may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials.


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