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Surgical Technologist Working Conditions



Surgical technologists held about 99,800 jobs in 2014. About 70 percent of surgical technologists worked in hospitals in 2014. Surgical technologists also work in outpatient care centers or in offices of physicians who perform outpatient surgery.

Working conditions for surgical technologists include extensive time on their feet in operating rooms where they function as part of a surgical teaam. In this enviroment, there may be exposure to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials as well.

Most surgical technologists work full time. Surgical technologists employed in hospitals may have working conditions that include working or being on call during nights, weekends, and holidays, and work shifts lasting longer than eight hours.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


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