Surgical Assistant Employment the United States

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Surgical Assistant Employment the United States

Key Takeaways

  • According to Zippia, the surgical assistant workforce in 2020 was estimated to be 22,726. The current number of surgical assistants has been estimated to be 24,544.
  • There are about 878 surgical assistant jobs available on Glassdoor, 1,007 jobs are available on Indeed.com, and 192,897 jobs are available on ZipRecruiter.
  • The number of health information technologists, medical registrars, surgical assistants, and healthcare practitioners was estimated to be 59,400 in 2019 and 76,670 in 2020.

Introduction

The number of surgical assistant jobs in the United States has grown from 22,726 in 2020 to 24,544 (calculated) in 2021. Factors that are contributing to the growth of surgical assistant jobs include the developments in medical technology and the aging population.

Employment Growth

  • Research suggests that the "demand for surgical assistants is expected to grow as an aging population and continually developing medical technology increase the number of surgeries performed each year."
  • According to O-Net Online, in 2019 the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated the number of health information technologists, medical registrars, surgical assistants, and healthcare practitioners to be 59,400.
  • According to the most recent data (2020) available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of health information technologists, medical registrars, surgical assistants, and healthcare practitioners is estimated to be 76,670.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected an 8% or higher growth rate in the surgical assistant workforce for the 2019-2029 period.

Number of Surgical Assistants and Open Listings

  • According to Zippia, the surgical assistant workforce in 2020 was estimated to be 22,726.
  • There are about 878 surgical assistant jobs available on Glassdoor, 1,007 jobs are available on Indeed.com, and 192,897 jobs are available on ZipRecruiter.

Research Strategy

We began the research by reviewing the O-Net Online data regarding surgical assistants. We hoped to use the data provided to calculate the current number of surgical assistants in the United States. Although the source has information regarding surgical assistants, the data given is general and includes health information technologists, medical registrars, technical workers, healthcare practitioners, and others. Additionally, the data available was not the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. We were also unable to find specific data for surgical assistants after a thorough search through 2018, 2019, and 2020 annual reports provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, after an extensive search in career databases and media publications, we were able to find the number of surgical assistants in 2020. We used data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to calculate the current number of surgical assistants.

Calculations

  • Using the 8% growth rate provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current number of surgical assistants can be estimated to be 24,544 [22,726 X (8/100 +1) ^1].
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