Surgical Technologist Careers

Surgical Technologist at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Surgical Technologist program? Take a look at Surgical Technologist at a Glance.

What Does a Surgical Technologist Do?

Duties include preparing the OR for surgery; scrubbing, gowning and gloving; creating and maintaining the sterile field; passing instruments and supplies to the attending surgeon; care and handling of specimens; retracting the patient’s tissues; and assisting with wound closure.  

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, projects for the Dallas metropolitan area:

JobMedian Hourly
Wage
Median Annual Salary Projected Job Growth in Texas Through 2024
Surgical technologist$22.19
$46,150
+30%

U.S. News and World Report's Money Careers lists surgical technologist among its best health care jobs through the next decade.   

Local job prospects are even better. Surgical technologist is listed as a targeted occupation by Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas, projecting 1,500 job openings through 2017 and local job growth at 37.5 percent.