Many Surgical technologists are employed in hospital operating rooms, delivery rooms, ambulatory care areas and central supply departments. They are also utilized in clinics and surgical centers as well as ophthalmologists’, physicians’ and dentists’ offices.
Surgical technologists with additional specialized education or training may also act in the role of the surgical first assistant. The surgical first assistant provides aid in exposure, hemostasis, and other technical functions that will help the surgeon carry out a safe operation with optimal results for the patient. CSTs may earn a professional credential as a first assistant by passing a certifying examination that awards the credential of certified surgical technologist/certified first assistant (CST/CFA).
Because of a broad educational background, Surgical technologists function well as central service managers, surgery schedulers and materials managers. Other professional opportunities include organ and tissue procurement/preservation, cardiac catheterization laboratories, medical sales, product development and research. A number are instructors and directors of surgical technology programs.
All in all, most of them worked in hospitals, mainly in operating and delivery rooms. They also worked in emergency rooms. Other surgical technologists worked in offices of physicians or dentists who perform outpatient surgery, and in outpatient care centers, including ambulatory surgical centers. A few work as private duty-scrubs for surgeons who have special teams like those for liver transplants. The Armed Forces also employ surgical technologists.