Anesthesiologists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Staff Anesthetist
  • Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Practicing MD Anesthesiologist
  • Physician Anesthesiologist
  • Obstetrical Anesthesiologist
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Division Chair, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Anesthesiologist
  • Director of Anesthesia Services
  • Clinical Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Chairperson Anesthesiology
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What They Do

  • Conduct medical research to aid in controlling and curing disease, to investigate new medications, and to develop and test new medical techniques.
  • Schedule and maintain use of surgical suite, including operating, wash-up, waiting rooms, or anesthetic and sterilizing equipment.
  • Instruct individuals and groups on ways to preserve health and prevent disease.
  • Coordinate and direct work of nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers.
  • Diagnose illnesses, using examinations, tests, and reports.
  • Manage anesthesiological services, coordinating them with other medical activities and formulating plans and procedures.
  • Provide medical care and consultation in many settings, prescribing medication and treatment and referring patients for surgery.
  • Inform students and staff of types and methods of anesthesia administration, signs of complications, and emergency methods to counteract reactions.
  • Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.
  • Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • 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.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $267,960

Outlook

1.07%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,680 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,860 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 18 openings due to growth and about 42 replacement openings for approximately 60 total annual openings.



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