Surgical Assistants

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
19%
risk level
POLLING
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LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
6.4%
by year 2032
WAGES
$59,160
or $28.44 per hour
Volume
18,780
as of 2023
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
5.4/10

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Automation risk

19% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

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Some very important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Finger Dexterity

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

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Growth

Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Surgical Assistants' job openings is expected to rise 6.4% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Surgical Assistants' was $59,160, or $28 per hour

'Surgical Assistants' were paid 23.1% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 18,780 people employed as 'Surgical Assistants' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 8 thousand people are employed as 'Surgical Assistants'.

Job description

Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons. May, in accordance with state laws, help surgeons to make incisions and close surgical sites, manipulate or remove tissues, implant surgical devices or drains, suction the surgical site, place catheters, clamp or cauterize vessels or tissue, and apply dressings to surgical site.

SOC Code: 29-9093.00

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