There are currently an estimated 107,700 surgical technologists in the United States. The surgical technologist job market is expected to grow by 11.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are surgical technologists?

CareerExplorer rates surgical technologists with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 17,000 surgical technologists. That number is based on 12,600 additional surgical technologists, and the retirement of 4,400 existing surgical technologists.

What’s the supply of surgical technologists?

The surgical technologist industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Florida

Surgical Technologist job market by state

State Name Employed Surgical Technologists
California 9,800
Texas 9,470
Florida 7,070
New York 5,740
Michigan 4,010
Ohio 3,970
Pennsylvania 3,890
Georgia 3,790
Indiana 3,210
North Carolina 3,150
Massachusetts 3,110
Illinois 3,080
Tennessee 2,970
Virginia 2,410
Wisconsin 2,330
Minnesota 2,150
Arizona 2,140
Alabama 2,130
Washington 2,080
New Jersey 2,040
Missouri 1,950
Maryland 1,890
South Carolina 1,780
Kentucky 1,780
Louisiana 1,720
Colorado 1,580
Oklahoma 1,500
Oregon 1,400
Mississippi 1,360
Utah 1,230
Connecticut 1,150
Arkansas 1,120
Kansas 1,070
Puerto Rico 1,000
West Virginia 950
Nevada 910
Nebraska 780
Iowa 760
Idaho 690
South Dakota 540
New Mexico 540
Maine 460
Montana 450
New Hampshire 410
Rhode Island 310
Delaware 300
District of Columbia 270
Hawaii 260
North Dakota 240
Wyoming 210
Alaska 140