Job Outlook and Careers

Employment of surgical technologists is expected to grow 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics website indicated.
With advances in medical technology making surgery safer, more operations are being done to treat a variety of illnesses and injuries. As the baby boomer generation ages, the government anticipates there will be an expected increase for surgical technologists because older people typically require more operations such as joint replacements and heart-related procedures, the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated. Hospitals will also continue to be the main employer of surgical technologists, reducing costs by employing technologists, instead of higher paid registered nurses, in operating rooms.
Job prospects should be best for surgical technologists who have completed an accredited education program and who maintain their professional certification.


The median annual wage for surgical technologists was $44,420 in May 2013. The median annual wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,450, and the top 10 percent earned more than $61,300.

Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest number of surgical technologists in May 2013 were:

Outpatient care centers $46,870
Offices of physicians $45,400
General medical and surgical hospitals
(state, local and private)
Offices of dentists $43,120

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.