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Surgical Technologists

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

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Skills Needed

69%

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

60%

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

56%

Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

53%

Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

53%

Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.

53%

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

53%

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

50%

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

50%

Equipment Maintenance - Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

50%

Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.

50%

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

50%

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

50%

Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

50%

Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

50%

Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

50%

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

50%

Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

50%

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

47%

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

47%

Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

47%

Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

47%

Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

44%

Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

41%

Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

41%

Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

41%

Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

38%

Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

38%

Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

35%

Equipment Selection - Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

31%

Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

3%

Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.

25%

Management of Financial Resources - Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.

25%

Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

22%

Technology Design - Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.

0%

Installation - Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

Wages

This following graph displays the lower, median and upper income potential of the job.

 
  • Lower Income Salary $37k
  • Median Income Salary$61k
  • Upper Income Salary $82k

Employment Projections for this Job

 

Education Pathway

High school courses

  • Below A rigorous high school STEM education - versus the minimum required for graduation - prepares students to come up with creative solutions to tough problems, better preparing them for college and new careers.

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Degree Levels Offered

    • SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY-AAS

    Links to Schools and Programs

    Education by degree The following are the total graduates from all the Nevada System of Higher Education institutions in 2014-2015 school year.

    • 7

      Associate's Degree