Anesthesiologists are physicians who specialize in the planning, performance, and maintenance of a patient's anesthesia during surgical, obstetric, or other medical procedures. Using special equipment, monitors, and drugs, the anesthesiologist makes sure the patient feels no pain and remains uninjured during the procedure. There are approximately 30,200 anesthesiologists employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Manage patients' anesthesia during surgical, obstetric, or other medical procedures
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Medical residency required; fellowship recommended
  • Business Management
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Private Practice or Health Care Manager
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Medical Resident

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