Career Awareness

Certified Surgical Technologist

 Daily Tasks
Work closely with the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and registered nurse in providing patient care during surgical procedures. Responsibilities include preparing the operating room, instruments, equipment, and supplies for a surgical procedure. During surgery, surgical technologists pass instruments and other sterile supplies to surgeons and assistants. After surgery, they may transport patients to the recovery room and clean and restock the operating room.
Communications skills, positive personality, human relations skills, multitasking, self-motivated, ability to work independently, ability to work with a team, professional, flexibility, honesty and caring attitude.
 Work Setting
Hospital and outpatient surgical areas.
 Work Hours
All shifts, Monday-Friday, with some on-call requirements and weekend work and some holiday coverage.
Graduate of an accredited and/or hospital-approved surgical technology program. Mayo Clinic has an accredited Surgical Technology program.
Candidates must maintain certification through the Association of Surgical Technologists and have completed that certification within one year from when hired. Though some employers may require certification before beginning employment.
 Recommended High School Classes
College prep, computer applications, heath education, healthcare sciences, biology, chemistry and algebra