Anesthesiologist Assistants

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About the Job

Assist anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Monitor patient status and provide patient care during surgical treatment.

It is also Called

  • Oral Surgery Assistant-Clinical Coordinator
  • Oral Surgery Assistant
  • Operating Room Technician
  • Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Certified Anesthesia Technician and Technologist
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Technician
  • Anesthesiologists' Assistant
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant-Certified
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Anesthesia Technician
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What They Do

  • Collect samples or specimens for diagnostic testing.
  • Assist in the application of monitoring techniques, such as pulmonary artery catheterization, electroencephalographic spectral analysis, echocardiography, or evoked potentials.
  • Provide clinical instruction, supervision or training to staff in areas such as anesthesia practices.
  • Assist anesthesiologists in performing anesthetic procedures, such as epidural or spinal injections.
  • Administer anesthetic, adjuvant, or accessory drugs under the direction of an anesthesiologist.
  • Monitor and document patients' progress during post-anesthesia period.
  • Assist in the provision of advanced life support techniques including those procedures using high frequency ventilation or intra-arterial cardiovascular assistance devices.
  • Collect and document patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.
  • Administer blood, blood products, or supportive fluids.
  • Assist anesthesiologists in monitoring of patients, including electrocardiogram (EKG), direct arterial pressure, central venous pressure, arterial blood gas, hematocrit, or routine measurement of temperature, respiration, blood pressure or heart rate.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Achievement 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.
  • 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.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $92,860 with most people making between $61,010 and $129,070

Outlook

2.24%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 4,950 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 6,060 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 111 openings due to growth and about 109 replacement openings for approximately 220 total annual openings.



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