Surgical Technologists


Will "Surgical Technologists" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is a small chance this occupation will be replaced by robots/AI. However, our poll suggests a higher chance of automation: a 53% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

Automation Risk Level

Start worrying

or 34% probability of automation

Projected Growth


by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $23.22 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 251 out of 707

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People Employed (US)

Median Annual Wage (US)

Job 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.

SOC Code: 29-2055

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Mitchelle (Likely) says
Well, I think robots are likely to replace surgeons because as the time technology is getting better and better with time so robots can take our jobs and even do it better than us too.
Aug 11, 2020 at 12:31 AM
Dimitri (Small chance) says
Surgery sees a great deal of robotic devices these days, but those robotics are not AI, they are operated by surgeons.

In order for the job to become fully automated, robotics would need to reach a point where they could read situations and make decisions on their own, and the patients would need to trust those decisions with their lives.

That's something that I think is very far off.
Mar 08, 2020 at 12:22 PM
Grace (Could go either way) says
Well, Humans are really good at this stuff if you go to college. And they could code some robot to know how to preform surgeries.
Oct 05, 2019 at 01:46 PM
Rina (Likely) says
Because robotics is being introduced into this profession very quickly now
Jul 11, 2019 at 08:22 PM

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