Surgical Technologists (29-2055)

Occupation description:  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.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 175197 12.62 24
United States 99,800114,500 14.81,470 9902,460

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is moderate with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 22.5015.2517.78 21.7126.4631.16
Alaska 26.5418.7522.39 26.4529.7635.70
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 26.7218.6922.23 26.3929.9736.52

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
22864 28.129.3 22.2
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation25
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation14
UI claimants previously working in occupation13
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 39
Number of job position postings 16
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.4

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None