Surgical Assistants :

Assist surgeons during surgery by performing duties such as tissue retraction, insertion of tubes and intravenous lines, or closure of surgical wounds. Perform preoperative and postoperative duties to facilitate patient care.

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About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $44,150.00
Average Time to Fill 34 days
Typical Education Associate's degree
Typical Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 2,030
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 22.24 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Customer Service
Work Ethic
Information Gathering
Written Communication
Critical Thinking

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Assisting and Caring for Others

Conduct noninvasive medical diagnostic assessments
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Position patients for treatment or examination
Administer non-intravenous medications
Administer intravenous medications
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Test patient nervous system functioning
Conduct medical tests
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices
Attend to patient's personal care
Fit medical supportive devices
Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Apply bandages, dressings, or splints
Treat medical condition of patient
Apply traction to patients
Assist practitioners in examining, evaluating, or treating patients
Perform emergency medical procedures
Administer enemas, irrigations, or douches to patients

Analyzing Data or Information

Interpret x-ray images
Calculate numerical data for medical activities
Interpret medical laboratory test results
Calculate medical diagnostic test results
Analyze medical or health data
Analyze organic compounds
Examine biological material specimens
Perform biological testing
Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients
Perform medical research
Take vital signs

Handling and Moving Objects

Prepare medical treatment room
Prepare surgical supplies or equipment
Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use
Collect blood or tissue samples
Set-up medical oxygen equipment
Sterilize laboratory, medical, or veterinary equipment or instruments
Prepare biological samples for testing or analysis
Prepare sample for laboratory testing, analysis, or microscopy
Prepare sterile solutions, infusions, or intravenous packs
Adjust medical or medical laboratory equipment
Set-up patient care equipment
Collect specimens from patients

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Customer Contact
Occupational Health and Safety
Electrocardiogram (EKG / ECG)
Test Equipment
Splint Application

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