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
Administer intravenous medications
Administer non-intravenous medications
Position patients for treatment or examination
Administer blood or other fluids intravenously
Prepare patients for tests, therapy, or treatments
Administer basic health care or medical treatments
Conduct medical tests
Test patient nervous system functioning
Operate therapeutic medical instruments or equipment
Fit patients for prosthetic or assistive devices
Attend to patient's personal care
Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments
Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery
Fit medical supportive devices
Treat medical condition of patient
Apply bandages, dressings, or splints
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
Analyze medical or health data
Calculate medical diagnostic test results
Interpret medical laboratory test results
Calculate numerical data for medical activities
Perform biological testing
Examine biological material specimens
Analyze organic compounds
Measure the physical or physiological attributes of patients
Perform medical research
Take vital signs

Handling and Moving Objects

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