Anesthesiologists


Overview

Introduction

Anesthesiologists are physicians who specialize in the planning, performance, and maintenance of a patient's anesthesia during surgical, obstetric, or other medical procedures. Using special equipment, monitors, and drugs, the anesthesiologist makes sure the patient feels no pain and remains uninjured during the procedure. There are approximately 34,500 anesthesiologists employed in the United States.

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Median Salary

$267,020

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree


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Experience

Medical residency required


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Salaries for anesthesiologists vary according to the kind of practice (whether the anesthesiologist works individually or as part of a group practice), the amount of overhead required to maintain the business, and geographic location. They work fewer hours than other doctors, but can make equivalent or higher salaries.

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Work Environment

Anesthesiologists typically work in well-equipped, well-lighted, well-ventilated hospitals. There are also opportunities at ambulatory care clinics and separate surgical centers, which also require a clean and well-lit environment. Since most surgeries are scheduled in advance, an anesthesiologist's work hours are fairly regular, especially compared to those of some other types of physicians. A...

Outlook

Job opportunities for physicians and surgeons are expected to grow faster than the average through 2028, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, but anesthesiologists' opportunities will grow at a slower rate—about 4 percent. This overall growth can be attributed to the expansion of the health care industry, in addition to the medical needs of the growing elderly population. Mo...

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