Operating Theatre Technicians prepare and maintain operating theatres and their equipment, assist the surgical team during operations and provide support to patients in the recovery room.

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in health services assistance to work as an Operating Theatre Technician. Traineeships may be available.

    Tasks

    • Sets up, checks and maintains operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment.

    All Medical Technicians

    • $1,159 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Operating Theatre Technicians

    • 1,100 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 75% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 46 years Average age
    • 23% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Operating Theatre Technicians (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
    from 850 in 2011 to 1,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Operating Theatre Technicians work in many parts of Australia. Victoria has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (75%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
    • Gender: 23% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance96.7
    Public Administration and Safety1.3
    Administrative and Support Services0.7
    Education and Training0.4
    Other Industries0.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateOperating Theatre TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW6.731.6
    VIC76.325.6
    QLD9.220.0
    SA2.77.0
    WA2.210.8
    TAS2.12.0
    NT0.81.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketOperating Theatre TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.4-5.05.0
    20-245.5-9.39.3
    25-3416.5-22.922.9
    35-4423.4-22.022.0
    45-5430.2-21.621.6
    55-5914.6-9.09.0
    60-647.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationOperating Theatre TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.9-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree12.8-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma10.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV51.4-21.121.1
    Year 1213.9-18.118.1
    Year 113.9-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.0-12.512.5

    You usually need a certificate III or IV in health services assistance to work as an Operating Theatre Technician. Traineeships may be available.

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    Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      70% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Medicine and dentistry

      66% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    3. Education and training

      51% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    4. English language

      50% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Psychology

      49% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Physically close to people

      99% Important

      Work physically close to other people.

    2. Being exact or accurate

      97% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    3. Teamwork

      96% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

    4. Contact with people

      93% Important

      Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

    5. Frequent decision making

      93% Important

      Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2055.00 - Surgical Technologists.

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