Anesthesiologists

What do they do?

Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.

Also known as:

Anesthesia Associate, Anesthesia Attending, Anesthesia Director, Anesthesia Resident, Anesthesiologist, Anesthesiologist and Critical Care, Anesthesiologist Attending, Anesthesiologist General and Cardiothoracic, Anesthesiologist, Pain Management Specialist, Anesthesiologist/Assistant Professor Anesthesiology, Anesthesiologist/Physician, Anesthesiology Medical Doctor (Anesthesiology MD), Anesthesiology Resident, Attending Anesthesiologist, Chairperson Anesthesiology, Clinical Staff Anesthesiologist, Director of Anesthesia Services, Division Chair, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Anesthesiologist, Medical Doctor (MD), Obstetrical Anesthesiologist, Physician Anesthesiologist, Practicing MD Anesthesiologist, Staff Anesthesiologist, Staff Anesthetist

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Anesthesiologists in United States

★ For the data available, wages are capped at $208,000

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Anesthesiologists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 20.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #9 in job growth rate
  • 30

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (97%)
  • Master's degree (0.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (1.6%)
  • Associate's degree (0%)
  • Some college, no degree (0.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0.3%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.2%)

Percent of workers in this field

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.0 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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