How to write a Surgical Technician job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Surgical Technician job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Surgical Technician job titles

    Surgical Technician
    Lead Surgical Technician
    Surgical Technician (OR)
    Surgical Technician (Part-Time)
    Surgery Technician

Surgical Technician job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Surgical Technician job summary

Our outpatient surgery center needs to fill an immediate need for a Surgical Technician at one of our branch campuses. We’re looking for an experienced professional who can work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment and provide our patients with the care and support they need prior to surgery. The Surgical Technician will work directly with the surgeon and the circulating registered nurse. The position’s duties are highly variable, so the successful candidate must be willing to change direction at a moment’s notice and keep pace with the other OR professionals on staff. We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits for the right applicant.

Surgical Technician responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Surgical Technician responsibilities

    Secure and prepare all supplies required for surgical intervention
    Ensure the preparation and maintenance of the sterile field in OR
    Perform instrument counts prior to each procedure
    Prepare patient skin for surgical treatment
    Position and re-position patient during surgery
    Help monitor patients during surgery
    Provide supportive care during the pre-operative phase
    Perform scrub functions
    Collect and label specimens taken during surgical procedure
    Follow all federal, state and departmental safety procedures

Surgical Technician qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Surgical Technician skills

    High school diploma/GED required
    Surgical technician certification from an accredited school or training program required
    3+ years’ experience in a hospital or outpatient operating room
    First Aid and CPR certification
    Familiarity with all surgical instruments and equipment
    Ability to lift 50 lbs.
    Working knowledge of sterile and aseptic technique

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