My primary job is as a surgical tech in the US Air Force. It’s not much different from the civilian side - we’re just expected to do a lot more lol. It’s a good job, interesting, and will keep you busy. You make good money (as a civilian) and jobs are plentiful. People always need surgery.
The job is mainly to assist the surgeon, keep the surgical table and instruments, and to know the surgery well enough to aid them when needed. When there isn’t another provider around you need to be able to step up and mind your duties and get up and personal with the patient in anyway the surgeon needs. Your focus is on sterility. You’ll become passive aggressive towards anyone who dares touch your sterile field lol. You’ll need to know hundreds of instruments by name and will need a mastery of Anatomy and Physiology. It sounds hard but it’s all easy once you get into it. You’ll see blood and guts on a daily basis for sure.
Basically the surgeon’s duty is to the patient, the nurse to provide back up to the doctor and to provide the room with what it needs fast, and the tech’s duty is to the instrumentation, maintaining the sterile fields, and making sure the surgeon can do their job without hassle. The surgeon should be able to hold out their hand and you should be able to give them the correct instrument they need/want - no words or looks used. You’ll know the surgery well enough to follow along and be a valuable member of the team. The surgeon should be able to never look away from the patient. Your job will be to their eyes away from the patient - if that makes any sense.
The down sides are that surgery is a very long process. Normal cases can take on average up to 2-3 hours and you cannot sit down….so prepare for periods of long standing. I’ve been in cases that have lasted 5-8 hours and there’s services like neurology and cardiovascular that can go on much MUCH longer. I had a picture saved once of a surgical team that was working for over 16 hours on a heart transplant - I’ll have to see if I can dig it up. It can get boring. I loved being an EMT so when I became a surgical tech I was bored with that fact that…we don’t deal with patients, there’s no decision making at all, and you’re basically an aide. If you have to pull call it can be terribly long.
Over all I like it though. You’ll like it too if you like medicine. Here’s a good video for you to watch ( I disagre with some of it though). Let me know if you have anymore questions or anything.