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Surgical Assistants
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 380

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $16.23 - $32.84

Typical Annual Salary: $33,800 - $68,300

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Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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tools & technology

  • Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment
  • Operating room patient positioning devices or accessories
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
  • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
  • Surgical lasers or accessories

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