SOC: 29-1061.00


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
33,700 employed

Projected (2024):
40,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Anaesthesiologist
  • Anesthesia Associate
  • Anesthesia Attending
  • Anesthesia Director
  • Anesthesia Resident
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Anesthesiologist and Critical Care
  • Anesthesiologist Attending
  • Anesthesiologist General and Cardiothoracic
  • Anesthesiologist, Pain Management Specialist
  • Anesthesiologist/Assistant Professor Anesthesiology
  • Anesthesiologist/Physician
  • Anesthesiology Medical Doctor (Anesthesiology MD)
  • Anesthesiology Resident
  • Anesthetist
  • Attending Anesthesiologist
  • Chairperson Anesthesiology
  • Clinical Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Director of Anesthesia Services
  • Division Chair, Obstetric Anesthesiology, Anesthesiologist
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Obstetrical Anesthesiologist
  • Physician Anesthesiologist
  • Practicing MD Anesthesiologist
  • Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Staff Anesthetist

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    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).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Administer anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods.
  • Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
  • Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.
  • Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.
  • Examine patient, obtain medical history, and use diagnostic tests to determine risk during surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures.
  • Position patient on operating table to maximize patient comfort and surgical accessibility.
  • Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
  • Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
  • Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.
  • Coordinate and direct work of nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers.
  • Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.
  • 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.
  • Schedule and maintain use of surgical suite, including operating, wash-up, waiting rooms, and anesthetic and sterilizing equipment.
  • Instruct individuals and groups on ways to preserve health and prevent disease.
  • Conduct medical research to aid in controlling and curing disease, to investigate new medications, and to develop and test new medical techniques.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Anesthesia gas concentration monitors
  • Anesthesia monitors
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Calibrated vaporizers
  • Capnographs
  • Cricothyrotomy equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital anesthesia machines
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies
  • Endotracheal ET tubes
  • Epidural catheters
  • Esophageal tracheal airway devices
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Fiberoptic bronchoscopes
  • Gas anesthesia administration machines
  • Heart rate monitors
  • Injection syringes
  • Intra-arterial catheters
  • Intravenous IV equipment
  • Intubation equipment
  • Invasive hemodynamic pressure monitors
  • Laryngeal mask airways LMA
  • Medical masks
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Notebook computers
  • Oxygen masks
  • Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps
  • Peripheral nerve stimulators
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Plethysmography machines
  • Precordial stethoscopes
  • Pretracheal stethoscopes
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Spirometers
  • Suction machines
  • Surgical gloves
  • Swan Ganz artery catheters
  • Tablet computers
  • Tourniquets
  • Tracheostomy sets
  • Valve mask resuscitators
  • AetherPalm InfusiCalc
  • Anesthesia machine software
  • AtStaff Physician Scheduler
  • Drug database software
  • EDImis Anesthesia Manager
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Healthpac Computer Systems H2000 Anesthesia Billing Software
  • Medical calculator software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Nightingale Northern Health Enterprise Billing Software
  • Skyscape 5-Minute Clinical Consult
  • Skyscape AnesthesiaDrugs
  • Web browser software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800