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29-2099.07 - Surgical Assistants

Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.

Sample of reported job titles: Certified First Assistant (CFA), Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA), Certified Surgical Assistant (CSA), Certified Surgical First Assistant (CSFA), Certified Surgical Technician, Gastrointestinal Technician (GI Technician), Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA), Surgical First Assistant, Surgical Scrub Technician (Surgical Scrub Tech), Surgical Technician (Surgical Tech)

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Tasks

  • Verify the identity of patient or operative site. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor and maintain aseptic technique throughout procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cover patients with surgical drapes to create and maintain a sterile operative field. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate or participate in the positioning of patients, using body stabilizing equipment or protective padding to provide appropriate exposure for the procedure or to protect against nerve damage or circulation impairment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain an unobstructed operative field, using surgical retractors, sponges, or suctioning and irrigating equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and apply sterile wound dressings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply sutures, staples, clips, or other materials to close skin, facia, or subcutaneous wound layers. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Discuss with surgeon the nature of the surgical procedure, including operative consent, methods of operative exposure, diagnostic or laboratory data, or patient-advanced directives or other needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Determine availability of necessary equipment or supplies for operative procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Clamp, ligate, or cauterize blood vessels to control bleeding during surgical entry, using hemostatic clamps, suture ligatures, or electrocautery equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess skin integrity or other body conditions upon completion of the procedure to determine if damage has occurred from body positioning. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist with patient resuscitation during cardiac arrest or other life-threatening events. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain or inspect sterile or non-sterile surgical equipment, instruments, or supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate sterilizing devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Pass instruments or supplies to surgeon during procedure. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Monitor patient intra-operative status, including patient position, vital signs, or volume and color of blood. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist in the insertion, positioning, or suturing of closed-wound drainage systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist members of surgical team with gowning or gloving. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Gather, arrange, or assemble instruments or supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate with anesthesia personnel to maintain patient temperature. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Adjust and maintain operating room temperature, humidity, or lighting, according to surgeon's specifications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist in applying casts, splints, braces, or similar devices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Transport patients to operating room. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Remove patient hair or disinfect incision sites to prepare patient for surgery. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Incise tissue layers in lower extremities to harvest veins. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Postoperatively inject a subcutaneous local anesthetic agent to reduce pain. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Insert or remove urinary bladder catheters. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assist in volume replacement or autotransfusion techniques. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Automated external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Autotransfusion units — Cell savers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blanket or solution warmer cabinets — Blanket warmer cabinets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood warming or transfusion systems — Blood warming equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Cardiac monitoring equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — Heart pacemakers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cast cutters or saws — Cast cutting saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemical or gas sterilizers — Ethylene Oxide sterilizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets — Angiocaths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic medical thermometers — Telethermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Argon beam coagulators; Cauterizing equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endoscopic video cameras or recorders or adapters or accessories — Endoscopic camera/video systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyemagnets for ophthalmic surgery — Eye magnets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products — Fiberoptic endoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Floor grade forceps or hemostats — Hemostat clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goggles — Surgical protective goggles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hospital intercom systems — Hospital intercom equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic injection apparatus or accessories — Subcutaneous injection syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial fluid warmers or accessories — Fluid warmers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits — Intravenous IV sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lap mayo trays or mayo stands for surgical use or accessories — Mayo stands See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laparoscopes or laparoscopic telescopes — Laparoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical carts or accessories — Anesthesia carts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical imaging dry laser printers or imagers — Medical image processing printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical incision drains — Wound drains See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or cover gown — Sterile gowns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks — Surgical masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical stapler for internal use — Medical staple kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Operating room patient fracture tables or orthopedic tables or accessories or related products — Surgical fracture tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories — Body stabilizers; Head stabilizers; Patient positioning devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Operating room patient procedure tables or accessories or related products — C-arm tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pagers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient stretchers or stretcher accessories — Patient transport stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Special purpose telephones — Multi-line telephone systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen collection container — Specimen collection containers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Flash sterilizers; Pressure steam autoclaves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories — Surgical clamps; Vascular clamps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical dermatomes or dermabraders or dermameshers or accessories — Surgical dermatomes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical drapes — Sterile drapes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical lasers or accessories — Carbon dioxide CO2 lasers; Eye lasers; Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet Nd:YAG lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical nerve stimulators or accessories — Nerve stimulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical pneumatic or battery or electric saws or drills or pin drivers or accessories — Powered surgical drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical pneumatic or electric tourniquets or accessories — Pneumatic tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical power equipment sets or accessories — Surgical robots See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical retractors for general use — Surgical retractors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — Surgical scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical shave kits or prep razors or clippers — Surgical razors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical suction machines or vacuum extractors or ultrasonic surgical aspirators or regulators or accessories — Suction machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical trocars for general use or accessories — Surgical trocars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Suturing kits or trays or packs or sets — Suture kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic heating or cooling units or systems — Hypothermia units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinary catheterization kit — Urinary catheters See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; Nursing documentation software; Supply documentation software; Surgery workflow communication software (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles). See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Verify accuracy of patient information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain sterile operative fields. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Protect patients or staff members using safety equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer blood or other fluids intravenously. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer intravenous medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine medical instruments or equipment to ensure proper operation. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Move patients to or from treatment areas. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 99% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 91% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 89% responded “Very close (near touching).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 80% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 81% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 77% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 72% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 72% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 49% responded “Continually or almost continually.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 71% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 51% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 31% responded “Some freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 51% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 41% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 42% responded “Very high responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 52% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 42% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 36% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Radiation — 33% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 35% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 32% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 39% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 34% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 31% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 59% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 46% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 35% responded “Less than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
25   Associate's degree
16   Post-baccalaureate certificate Help
15   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: CSR

  • Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other.
Employment data collected from Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other.
Industry data collected from Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $19.91 hourly, $41,420 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 90,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Much faster than average (22% or higher) Much faster than average (22% or higher)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 33,100
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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