Best-Kept-Secret Career: Surgical Technologist

Help out with surgery.

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Snapshot: Imagine being part of the life-and-death drama of an operating room—no college degree required. Surgical technologists, also known as scrubs and surgical or operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations but must be supervised by surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. During surgery, you're the one to whom the surgeon is yelling: "Scalpel!" "Retractor!"

Getting there: Nine to 24 months of post-high school training will allow you to prep the operating room and perhaps the patient.

Learn more : Occupational Outlook Handbook.