The allied health field is abundant with opportunity. Allied health professionals make up a large part of the healthcare industry and have many unique responsibilities – they can be technicians, therapists and technologists. One of these allied health jobs is a Certified Surgical Technologist or CST.
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What is a Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)?
CSTs set the stage for surgery in the operation room and are an essential member of a surgical team. Before an operation, CSTs prepare the supplies and check equipment to make sure it’s working properly. During an operation, CSTs pass the instruments and help operate certain equipment such as lighting, suction machines and sterilizers. As you can see, these technologists play a crucial role in the operating room.
Not only do CSTs work in the operating room, they have an important role outside of it as well. CSTs are advocates for their patients’ safety and comfort. They often greet a patient when he or she arrives for surgery and they provide emotional support to a patient who may be anxious.
Job Outlook for CSTs
The job outlook for Certified Surgical Technologists is promising. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects strong demand for CSTs through the year 2026 and the profession is expected to grow at a rate of 12% annually.
Working as a CST is a fantastic opportunity for those who love the adrenaline of the operating room and want to be advocates for their patients’ physical and emotional health. This job offers enough variety to keep your days interesting. What are some reasons you love being a CST?