Surgical Technician

A surgical technician, or technologist, assists a surgical team by preparing a sterile operating room and assisting with preparing the patient for surgery. The surgical technologist also checks vital signs and other diagnostics during a surgical procedure, and passes surgical tools to the surgeon. Attention to detail, quick thinking, compassion for patients, and an ability to remain calm and controlled are all helpful traits. Hospitals, colleges, vocational schools, and the U.S. Armed Forces all offer training in surgical technology, with most programs taking one or two years to finish.

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