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   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 202250 23.87 1022
United States 107,700120,300 11.73,700 5,10010,060

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 23.1115.6118.28 22.2627.2732.21
Alaska 28.9320.6225.01 28.7433.6337.67
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 27.4218.6922.43 26.8630.6338.31

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
25272 28.628.9 18.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation34
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation16
UI claimants previously working in occupation13
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 44
Number of job position postings 15
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.9

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

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