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Surgical Technologists

On the Job


Surgical Technologists are also called operating room assistants. They work under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or others. They may help set up the operating room, prepare patients for procedures, adjust lighting, and pass instruments to surgeons. Unlike Surgical Assistants, they do not usually participate in surgical procedures.

Physical Demands   

This career requires time standing, walking, or running.


Typical Work Tasks

People who work in this career often:

Typical Working Conditions


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