How to become a Operating Theatre Technician

Operating theatre technicians prepare and maintain operating theatres and equipment, and assist surgical and anaesthetic teams during operations.

Personal requirements of a Operating Theatre Technician

  • Good communication and people skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work accurately and with minimal supervision
  • Able to work as part of a team
  • Organised and methodical
  • Good general health and fitness

Education & Training for a Operating Theatre Technician

To become an operating theatre technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become an operating theatre technician through a traineeship in Health Services Assistance. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 31.5%

NT 1%

QLD 22.3%

SA 6.6%

TAS 2.1%

VIC 19.6%

WA 15.5%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 23.6%

Female 76.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 17.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 31.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 21.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 17.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 36.5%

Above 35 years: 61.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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