|General medical and surgical hospitals; state, local, and private||69%|
|Offices of physicians||12%|
|Outpatient care centers||8%|
|Offices of dentists||4%|
Most surgical technologists work in hospitals. Some work in outpatient surgery centers or in offices of physicians or dentists who perform outpatient surgery. Surgical technologists wear scrubs (special sterile clothing) while they are in the operating room. They are typically on their feet and work next to others. At times, they may be exposed to communicable diseases and unpleasant sights, odors, and materials.
Most surgical technologists work full time. Surgical technologists employed in hospitals may work or be on call during nights, weekends, and holidays. They may be required to work shifts lasting longer than eight hours.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition
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