Surgical Technologists

4.9/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $23.33 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 40% (Start worrying)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Manual Dexterity
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Finger Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Surgical Technologists' job openings is expected to rise 5.9% by 2031
'Surgical Technologists' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Surgical Technologists' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Surgical Technologists' was $48,530, or $23.33 hourly
'Surgical Technologists' are paid 6.1% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as surgical technologists?

As of 2021 there were 109,060 people employed as Surgical Technologists within the United States.
This represents around 0.08% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 1 thousand people are employed as Surgical Technologists.

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 surgeons' assistants, hold retractors, cut sutures, and help count sponges, needles, supplies, and instruments.

SOC Code: 29-2055.00


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Li (Small chance) says
The robots are controlled my surgeons so creating a whole robot that has accuracy reliability and validity in operating on a patient and process the information of a human body properly is very unlikely. Also I feel like people would want to have human surgeons from the start anyways since they are not going to appear as reliable when they get introduced
Dec 02, 2020 at 06:21 AM
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
Lu says
Except the robotics are still being operated by surgeons so it’s gonna less likely to create a reliable AI robot to do surgeries completely coz that’s something that need accuracy, reliability and validity in processing information of the patient as well as operation with accuracy and reliability
Dec 02, 2020 at 06:19 AM

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