What is an average workday like for a surgical tech job?

The average workday for a surgical tech job can be different depending on where the surgical tech works and the area of medical specialty; however, the daily conditions are generally the same. Surgical techs work in clinical settings, alongside surgeons and nurses. On an average day, a surgical tech may be expected to attend as many as twenty surgeries, which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to well over 8 hours for more complicated surgeries. Surgical techs spend the majority of their day on their feet, doing very physically demanding work for long shifts. Maintaining sterile medical equipment and keeping track of all surgical instruments before, during and after surgical procedures can be tedious, but it is a necessary component of a surgical tech's day. Surgical techs must be able to manage stress well and respond quickly to demanding surgeons in order to protect patients' lives.