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Surgical Technologist Work Conditions

Surgical technologists held about 93,600 jobs in 2010. The industries employing the largest number of surgical technologists in 2010 were as follows:

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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