Anesthesiologist Assistants


Overview

Anesthesiologist Assistants

Introduction

Anesthesiologist assistants work under the direction of anesthesiologists, who plan, perform, and maintain patients' anesthesia during surgical, obstetric, or other medical procedures. Anesthesiologist assistants take patients' histories, perform exams, and prepare patients for surgeries. They monitor patients' health and comfort throughout surgical procedures. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 118,800 physician assistants, including anesthesiologist assistants, employed in the United ...

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Median Salary

$108,610

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Several years experience


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Salaries for anesthesiologist assistants vary based on the kind of practice (whether the anesthesiologist works individually or as part of a group practice) and geographic location. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the median annual earnings for physician assistants, which includes anesthesiology assistants, was $108,610 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned $69,120 or less, and th...

Work Environment

Anesthesiologist assistants typically work in hospitals that are well equipped, lighted, and ventilated. They may also work at separate surgical centers and ambulatory care facilities, which also require a clean and well-lit environment. They may work in an individual or group practice or through a medical center affiliation. Work hours are usually regular, with surgical procedures planned in a...

Outlook

Job opportunities for physician assistants are expected to grow much faster than the average through 2028, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The expansion of the health care industry and the medical needs of the growing elderly population will continue to create need for anesthesiology assistants and other medical professionals. Most anesthesiologist assistants find work ...

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