Anesthesiologist Assistants

Anesthesiologist Assistant During Surgery

Anesthesiologist assistants work under the direction of anesthesiologists, who plan, perform, and maintain patients' anesthesia during surgical, obstetric, or other medical procedures. Anesthesiologist assistants take patients' histories, perform exams, and prepare patients for surgeries. They monitor patients' health and comfort throughout surgical procedures. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are approximately 104,050 physician assistants, including anesthesiologist assistants, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Assist in the planning, management, and maintenance of patients' anesthesia during surgical, obstetric, or other medical procedures; take patients' histories; help examine patients; prepare patients for surgery
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, but best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Several years experience
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant

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