Surgical technologists assist surgeons during surgical procedures by anticipating surgeon needs to make sure the procedure is executed as smoothly and efficiently as possible. They prepare and organize the operating room, clean and sterilize equipment, and maintain a sterile environment. Surgical technologists are also known as scrubs, scrub technicians, surgical technicians, and operating room technicians. Surgical technologists are part of the surgical team and work under the supervision of a registered nurse or operating manager. Surgical technologists work primarily in hospitals.
Most surgical technologists have completed an accredited surgical technologist program through a community or junior college, a vocational school, a hospital, or the military. The best surgical technologists are detail-oriented and have excellent dexterity.