Anesthesiologist (MD)

Occupation Information table
Overview: Anesthesiologists administer pain killing sedatives to patients during surgery or other medical procedures. They examine patients before surgery to decide upon the kind and amount of anesthetic to use. They administer anesthetics either by injection or breathing apparatus.
Duties: They examine patients to decide upon the type of anesthesia and sedation to use during surgery. Make decisions based upon the physical condition of the patient and the type of surgery.

Advise patients about the procedures to be used and the risks involved. When there are options about the type of anesthesia that can be used, they allow the patient to make a choice.

Administer local, intravenous, spinal or other anesthesia during the surgery. Monitor the patient's condition during surgery using physiological monitoring equipment.

Confer with hospital recovery room physicians and nurses who are responsible for the patient immediately after surgery. They advise them when patients should begin normal body functioning.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $220,000 to $263,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: This occupation generally requires an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D.). The typical commitment is a minimum of 3 years of study beyond a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.
Additional Training/Education: All states require anesthesiologists to be licensed. Licensing involves graduation from a medical school (usually 4 years), passing an examination, and up to 7 years of "residency" graduate medical training in anesthesiology. The minimum educational requirement for acceptance to most medical schools is 3 years of college study.
Advancement Info: Many anesthesiologists advance their careers by getting additional training. After many years of experience, anesthesiologists who work in hospitals or surgical centers may become administrators. They may also teach at medical schools. Those who do research or teach at universities may become department heads.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
Recommended Values:
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.