CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Surgical Technologists and Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments. Count sponges, needles, and instruments before and after operation.
 
Hand instruments and supplies to surgeons and surgeons' assistants, hold retractors and cut sutures, and perform other tasks as directed by surgeon during operation.
 
Scrub arms and hands and assist the surgical team to scrub and put on gloves, masks, and surgical clothing.
 
Provide technical assistance to surgeons, surgical nurses and anesthesiologists.
 
Wash and sterilize equipment using germicides and sterilizers.
 
Prepare, care for and dispose of tissue specimens taken for laboratory analysis.
 
Prepare dressings or bandages and apply or assist with their application following surgery.
 
Operate, assemble, adjust, or monitor sterilizers, lights, suction machines, and diagnostic equipment to ensure proper operation.
 
Monitor and continually assess operating room conditions, including patient and surgical team needs.
 
Observe patients' vital signs to assess physical condition.
 
Maintain supply of fluids, such as plasma, saline, blood and glucose, for use during operations.
 
Maintain files and records of surgical procedures.
 
Maintain a proper sterile field during surgical procedures.
 
Prepare patients for surgery, including positioning patients on the operating table and covering them with sterile surgical drapes to prevent exposure.
 
Clean and restock operating room, gathering and placing equipment and supplies and arranging instruments according to instructions, such as a preference card.
 
Order surgical supplies.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
 
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Database software Data base user interface and query software
 
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
 
Email software Electronic mail software
 
Graphics software Graphics or photo imaging software
 
Internet browser software Internet browser software
 
Nursing documentation software Medical software
 
Patient scheduling software Medical software
 
Patient tracking software Medical software
 
Supply documentation software Medical software
 
Surgery workflow communication software Medical software
 
Word processing software Word processing software
 
Adjustable height instrument tables Instrument tables for surgical or obstetrical delivery use or accessories or related products
 
Air driver drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Anesthesia machines Gas anesthesia apparatus
 
Argon beam coagulators Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Autologous blood recovery systems Blood recovery and delivery systems
 
Autotransfusion systems Autotransfusion units
 
Blood/fluid warmers Intravenous or arterial infusion fluid warmers
 
Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Cardiac leg wedges Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Cavitrons Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Cell savers Autotransfusion units
 
Central venous catheters Central venous catheters
 
Chest drains Pleural cavity drainage unit or accessories
 
Cholangiocath catheters Surgical or endoscopic catheters or catheterization kits or drainage bags
 
Continuous suction machines Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Coronary bypass pumps Heart and lung machines or accessories
 
Craniotome drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Cryo units Cryosurgery equipment or accessories
 
Cryo-ophthalmic units Cryosurgery equipment or accessories
 
Defibrillators Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Dermatome blades Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories
 
Dermatomes Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM diagnostic medical printers Medical imaging dry laser printers or imagers
 
Digital electrosurgical units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Doppler ultrasound equipment Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
 
Drains Surgical drains or sets or accessories
 
Electrocautery equipment Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Electronic blood pressure cuffs Electronic blood pressure units
 
Electrosurgical grounding pads Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Electrosurgical monitors Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Electrosurgical units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Endoscopic camera/video systems Endoscopic video cameras or recorders or adapters or accessories
 
Endoscopic vein harvesting equipment Vein harvest systems
 
Endoscopy equipment Endoscopic equipment or procedure carts or accessories
 
Ethylene oxide sterilizers Chemical or gas sterilizers
 
Eye lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Eye magnets Eyemagnets for ophthalmic surgery
 
Fiber optic luminators Medical exam headlights or headlamps or accessories
 
Flash autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Fluoroscopy equipment Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment
 
Foot-operated suction units Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Fracture tables Operating room patient fracture tables or orthopedic tables or accessories or related products
 
Graspers Endoscopic clamps or dissectors or graspers or forceps or ligators
 
Hemorrhoidal circular staplers Staplers for internal use
 
Hyper/hypothermia units Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems
 
Instrument positioning equipment Surgical instrument holders or positioners
 
Instrument tables Instrument tables for surgical or obstetrical delivery use or accessories or related products
 
Insufflators Oxygen insufflator or its accessories
 
Internal mammary artery IMA retractors Cardiovascular or thoracic retractors
 
Intestinal stapling devices Staplers for internal use
 
Intraluminal staplers Staplers for internal use
 
Kleinert-Kutz elevators Surgical elevators or levers
 
Lab specimen containers Specimen collectors
 
Laparoscopes Laparoscopes or laparoscopic telescopes
 
Linear staplers Staplers for internal use
 
Lithotripters Surgical lithotripters or accessories
 
Loupes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Manual blood pressure units Mercury blood pressure units
 
Master control units or manipulators Surgical controller instruments
 
Mayo stands Lap mayo trays or mayo stands for surgical use or accessories
 
Medical image database systems Medical picture archiving computer systems PACS
 
Medical imagining laser printers Medical imaging dry laser printers or imagers
 
Microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
 
Minidriver drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Motorized lift tables Instrument tables for surgical or obstetrical delivery use or accessories or related products
 
Needle holders Surgical needle holders for general use
 
Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Nerve stimulators Surgical nerve stimulators or accessories
 
Neurotome drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Ohio suction units Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Orthopedic arm boards with drains Operating room patient fracture tables or orthopedic tables or accessories or related products
 
Orthopedic drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Pneumatic tourniquets Surgical pneumatic or electric tourniquets or accessories
 
Portable suction units Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Positioning equipment Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
 
Pulmonary resuscitators Resuscitation kits
 
Remote manipulation robots Surgical controller instruments
 
Retractors Surgical retractors for general use
 
Ring stands Surgical equipment stands or accessories
 
Robotic arms Surgical power equipment sets or accessories
 
Robotic manipulators Surgical controller instruments
 
Scalpels Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
 
Skin staplers Staplers for skin closure
 
Slow suction units Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Smoke evacuators Surgical smoke evacuators or accessories
 
Spark-gap electrosurgical units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Stents Surgical tracheal stents
 
Sterad machines Chemical or gas sterilizers
 
Steri-vac aeration cabinets Sterilization cabinets
 
Sternal saws Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Stretchers Patient stretchers or stretcher accessories
 
Suction machines Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Surgical aspirators Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories
 
Surgical clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Surgical dilators Surgical dilators or accessories
 
Surgical dissectors Surgical dissectors
 
Surgical drapes Surgical drapes
 
Surgical drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Surgical elevators Surgical elevators or levers
 
Surgical forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
 
Surgical lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
 
Surgical navigation systems Surgical controller instruments
 
Surgical pneumatic drills Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories
 
Surgical probes Surgical probes or directors
 
Surgical retractors Surgical retractors for general use
 
Surgical robotics equipment Surgical power equipment sets or accessories
 
Surgical robots Surgical power equipment sets or accessories
 
Surgical stapling equipment Staplers for internal use
 
Surgical tubing or irrigation tubing Surgical suction or irrigation tubings or accessories
 
Suture needles Suture needles
 
Suturing kits Suturing kits or trays or packs or sets
 
Suturing needle forceps Suturing kits or trays or packs or sets
 
Syringes Medical syringes without needles
 
Tablet computers Tablet computers
 
Thermal cautery units Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
 
Tourniquets Tourniquets
 
Tracheostomy tubes Tracheostomy tubes
 
Ultrasonic cleaners Ultrasonic cleaning equipment
 
Vacuum extractors Surgical vacuum extraction devices or curettes or related products
 
Venodynes Vascular sequential compression devices or tubing
 
Video cassette recorders VCR Video cassette players or recorders
 
Voice activated surgical systems Surgical power equipment sets or accessories
 
Warm air blankets Surgical blanket or solution warming cabinets or accessories
 
Washer sanitizers Instrument disinfectant washing equipment
 
Washer sterilizers Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
 
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs
 
Wound drains Medical incision drains
 
X ray machines Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-the-Job Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Over 3 months, up to and including 6 months
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Anesthesia Technician
Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
Endoscopic Technologist
Operating Room Surgical Technician (OR St)
Operating Room Technician (OR Tech)
Scrub Technician
Surgeon's Assistant
Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
Surgical Assistant
Surgical Orderly
Surgical Scrub Technician
Surgical Scrub Technologist
Surgical Technician
Surgical Technologist (CST)
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Surgical Technologists
Benchmark Title: Surgical Technologists and Technicians
 
 
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