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    Beginning a Career as a Surgical Technologist

    The healthcare field is constantly growing and evolving and in need of trained professionals that are serious about the service they provide to their community. If you are looking to get into the healthcare field, and would love to be where the action is---in the operation room, then keep reading to find out what it takes to be a great surgical technologist.

    Responsibilities of a Surgical Technician

    A surgical technologist or surgical technician is responsible for supervising the preparation of operating rooms prior to surgery. They practice extreme care to ensure that all the surgical instruments are properly sterilized for the operating room. They supervise the working of the junior operating room staff and assist the surgeon during the surgical procedure.  A surgical technician is a valuable asset to surgeons in the operating room and they must be able to maintain a sharp eye to detail and composure during long operations.

    Get the Proper Training

    In order to become a successful surgical technologist, an individual must acquire the proper training from an accredited school.  The surgical technologist programs, also called surgical technology at select Anthem Education campuses provide students the knowledge and skill needed to be a valuable member in an operating room. Students in the Surgical Tech program learn the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology, receive hands-on training in basic surgical skills and laboratory procedures. Having the proper training and externship experience provides the necessary knowledge and technical skills needed in order to succeed as a surgical technologist.

    Important Skills to Learn

    An individual, who intends to pursue a successful career as a surgical technologist, needs to adopt certain skills and traits, making it an ideal career choice for someone who is great under pressure. Excellent manual dexterity and arm/hand steadiness are perhaps the most critical skills needed in an operating room, along with communication skills, particularly the ability to comprehend speech and effectively communicate with other team members. Critical thinking, social perceptiveness and information ordering—the ability to order items in a defined format or according to specified rules—are also essential when working in the operating room. The main thing to remember when starting out as a surgical technologist is to work hard and learn as much as possible from the senior doctors and specialists. To make your mark in your job, it is essential to be willing to learn and put into practice all that you were taught in your training.

    Employment Outlook for Surgical Technologists

    The employment outlook for surgical technologists is strong, with projected growth of about 30% during the next decade. This is considered "much faster than average" growth for a job sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Surgical technologists may advance their careers by specializing in progressively more demanding and more difficult medical specialties. Some of the most challenging would include neurosurgery and cardiac surgery.  If you are truly interested in helping people feel better and are up for a challenge, then entering the surgical technology field might very well be the correct choice for you.

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