Surgical technician skills include expertise in  sterile and aseptic techniques and combine knowledge of human anatomy, surgical procedures, and implementation tools and technologies to facilitate a physician's performance. Surgical technicians should: 

  • possess manual dexterity to handle instruments quickly
  • be detail oriented since surgical technicians must pay close attention to their work at all times
  • be conscientious, orderly, and emotionally stable
  • possess integrity because they are trusted to provide sterile supplies and quality patient care during surgical procedures
  • be ready and anticipate having instruments ready for surgeons without prompting

Additional desirable surgical technician skills include:

  • keeping abreast of new developments in the field
  • having coordination skills to adjust in relation to others' actions
  • possessing the physical stamina to stand for extended periods
  • having stress-management skills since working in an operating room can be stressful
  • having problem sensitivity skills — the ability to recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong
Information on this page summarized from:
(1)  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Surgical Technologists,  http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/surgical-technologists.htm      
(2) Wikipedia contributors, "Surgical technologist," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Surgical_technologist&oldid=691570689
(3) O*Net Online,
Summary Report for: 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists,http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2055.00
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