Surgical Technology

Work closely with surgeons, anesthesiologists, registered nurses and surgical personnel.


Surgical technologists are responsible for preparing the operating room, selecting and opening sterile instruments. Training includes assembling, adjusting and checking nonsterile equipment. Completion of the surgical technologist program is approximately one year.

Employment Opportunities:

Surgical technologists work within hospitals, physician’s offices, surgical centers, delivery rooms, or emergency room facilities.


Surgical technologists are also responsible for providing physical and emotional support for patients prior to surgery. During surgery, they are responsible for using sterilizers, light suction machines, electrosurgical units, and diagnostic equipment.

Career Opportunities:

  • Surgical Technologist

Employment Outlook:

Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow 15% through the year 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, as the volume of surgeries increases. The number of surgical procedures is expected to rise as the population grows and ages.


The average wage for this career is $19.50 hourly or $41,040 annually.


Location and Hours:

  • Lindsey Hopkins Technical College (Certificate – 1330 Hours)

Healthcare Occupations