Anesthesiologist Assistants
SOC: 29-1071.01

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
94,400 employed

Projected (2024):
123,200 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:

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


  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    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.

    Education:

    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
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • 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
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • 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
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.
  • Provide clinical instruction, supervision or training to staff in areas such as anesthesia practices.
  • Collect samples or specimens for diagnostic testing.
  • Participate in seminars, workshops, or other professional activities to keep abreast of developments in anesthesiology.
  • Collect and document patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.
  • Provide airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.
  • Respond to emergency situations by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
  • Monitor and document patients' progress during post-anesthesia period.
  • Pretest and calibrate anesthesia delivery systems and monitors.
  • 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 and heart rate.
  • Assist in the provision of advanced life support techniques including those procedures using high frequency ventilation or intra-arterial cardiovascular assistance devices.
  • Assist anesthesiologists in performing anesthetic procedures such as epidural and spinal injections.
  • Assist in the application of monitoring techniques such as pulmonary artery catheterization, electroencephalographic spectral analysis, echocardiography, and evoked potentials.
  • Administer blood, blood products, or supportive fluids.
  • Control anesthesia levels during procedures.
  • Administer anesthetic, adjuvant, or accessory drugs under the direction of an anesthesiologist.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Anesthesia breathing bags
  • Anesthesia vaporizers
  • Arterial line catheters
  • Assist-control ventilation equipment
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Automatic blood pressure cuffs
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure BPAP equipment
  • Capnographs
  • Cardiac output monitors
  • Central venous pressure monitoring catheters
  • Coagulation monitors
  • Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP equipment
  • Digital spirometers
  • Double lumen tubes
  • Echocardiography equipment
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electromyographs EMG
  • Endotracheal tubing
  • Gas anesthesia machines
  • High frequency ventilation devices
  • Intracranial pressure ICP monitors
  • Intravenous IV catheters
  • Intravenous IV infusion pumps
  • Invasive blood pressure analysis equipment
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Nasal airways
  • Non-rebreather masks
  • Oxygen delivery concentrators
  • Oxygen delivery masks
  • Oxygen saturation monitors
  • Oxygen tanks
  • Peak flow meters
  • Peripheral nerve stimulators
  • Portable ventilation devices
  • Pressure support ventilation PSV equipment
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilators SIMV
  • Ultrasound imaging scanners
  • Vital signs monitors
  • Volume limited infant ventilation devices
  • Allscripts PM
  • athenahealth athenaCollector
  • Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR
  • Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR
  • Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR
  • CareCloud Central
  • Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management
  • eClinicalWorks Practice Management
  • Email software
  • Epic Practice Management software
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE
  • HealthFusion MediTouch software
  • IOS Health Systems Medios EHR
  • Kareo Practice Management
  • McKesson Practice Plus
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Modernizing Medicine Electronic Medical Assistant (EMA) software
  • NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management
  • simplifyMD software
  • Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy
  • WRSHealth EMR


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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800