Anesthesiologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Anesthesiologist




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Job Description

 

Anesthesiologists are an important part of the surgical team. Without them, surgeries would be very interesting--and a lot more painful.  

One of the biggest duties of an anesthesiologist is to administer anesthetics to people undergoing surgery.

It requires great knowledge and experience to deliver local or general anesthesia, and the anesthesiologist takes on great responsibility to ensure their tasks are done to the best of their ability. 

Anesthesiologists basically inject a mix of medicines into a patient which slows down the body system to a near-death level and blocks the pain signals from the brain.

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Responsibilities

 

Becoming an anesthesiologist involves a ton of practice and schooling. You can either become a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) or a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) to be an anesthesiologist.

The two paths have different responsibilities;  a M.D. can administer anesthetic during operations while D.O.s specialize in holistic care and preventative medicine. 

An anesthesiologist with a M.D. is mostly involved in various surgical treatments. Their responsibilities include:

  • Making assessments of person’s response to an anesthetic. They must study a person's medical history and identify any allergies or intolerances to certain medications or chemicals. 

  • Monitoring patient’s condition during the operation. They must check vital signs and make sure the patient does well during and after anesthesia. 

  • Taking care of a patient during the post-surgery process.

An anesthesiologist with D.O. qualification involves quite different duties. Their responsibilities are related to the work outside the operating room, and include:

  • Taking care of the patients in the Intensive Care Unit

  • Treating patients with severe chronic diseases

  • Being present during labor and delivery

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Skills

 

Communication

Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about any issues that arise during surgery and be able to correspond with surgeons and doctors to ensure patient safety.

Assessing

Assesssing patient to make sure they are responding well to anesthesia and make improvements or take corrective action when necessary.

Critical Thinking

Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Judgment and Decision Making

Needs to be able to act autonomously and make difficult decisions that would benefit the patient or make corrections. Must consider all benefits and repercussions of potential actions and choose the appropriate one. 

Complex Problem Solving

Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. 

Stress Management

Must be able to endure intense situations and handle pressure that comes with extreme situations you may encounter.

Trustworthiness

Must be trustworthy because you have people's lives in your hands and what you do could help or hurt them. They are entrusted with a great responsibility and must live up to it. 

Operation Monitoring

Must be able to monitor gauges, dials, and other indicators to make sure machinery is working properly to ensure patient safety.

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Working Conditions 

 

The majority of anesthesiologists work in hospitals and outpatient surgical centers. Other opportunities may exist in private and group practices, urgent care centers, academic medical centers, and the military.

As with most other physicians, anesthesiologists work long and hectic hours, with nearly one third working 60 hours a week or more.

They work in environments that can see trauma patients, critical care, and other uneasy situations. It is a demanding job with a lot on the line.

Your work areas will mostly be filled with florescent lighting, cold floors, and sanitized medical equipment. You must stand for long hours and be able to fill demand as it arises. 

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
06.20.2018
MAINE COAST Anesthesiologist Full Time Located on the shores of Penobscot Bay in Belfast, Maine, Waldo County General Hospital has an opportunity for a Anesthesiologist to join our team. WCGHs Anesthesia department is team-oriented with open...
06.14.2018
Exceptional Anesthesiologist Opportunity Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks board certified/board eligible general anesthesiologist to join our growing anesthesia service. Our highly skilled physician group provides coverage for a broad...
06.14.2018
Cardiac Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks board certified/board eligible anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in cardiac anesthesia to join our growing anesthesia service. Our highly skilled physician group provides...
03.28.2018
The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota is seeking an Anesthesiologist to join our practice. Mayo Clinic Health System links Mayo Clinics respected expertise in patient care,...
06.20.2018
ANESTHESIA Practice Profile Member of Franklin Community Health Network Candidate: Board certified/eligible in anesthesia. Practice Profile: Franklin Anesthesia is a Franklin Memorial Hospital based and owned practice located...
05.04.2018
Southwest Medical Center is seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Anesthesiologist to join our team. •Competitive Salary based on MGMA data plus production incentives and a competitive benefits package with major medical insurance,...
06.11.2018
The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Physician to join a Department of six full-time Anesthesiologists. Practice Description: The physician will...
03.28.2018
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is seeking highly qualified anesthesiologists interested in joining the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. The Department includes over 160 anesthesiologists who practice in a care team...
04.12.2018
The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, is seeking highly qualified board certified/eligible anesthesiologists to join the department. A strong interest in research and academia is encouraged. Candidates must be...
06.20.2018
Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Reports 2017-18 list of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals, Nationwide Childrens Hospital is one of Americas largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing...
12.01.2014
The University of Iowa, Department of Anesthesia is actively recruiting faculty for its rapidly growing Pediatric Anesthesia group.
03.01.2016
The Department of Anesthesia is seeking Anesthesiologists with interest and expertise in several important clinical areas including: ambulatory, cardiovascular/thoracic, obstetrical, neurosurgical, pediatric, regional and/or transplant anesthesia.
06.20.2018
Serves as a member of the open-heart surgical team that operates the heart-lung machine in order to maintain homeostasis, anticoagulation, and acid base balance during the operative procedure. Works under the direction of the cardiac surgeon,...
03.12.2018
The Nurse Anesthetist administers anesthesia for surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures for all age groups neonates, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients following medically approved techniques under the professional direction...
03.19.2018
The Nurse Anesthetist administers anesthesia for surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures for all age groups neonates, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients following medically approved techniques under the professional direction...
  1. Anesthesiologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    MAINE COAST Anesthesiologist Full Time Located on the shores of Penobscot Bay in Belfast, Maine, Waldo County General Hospital has an opportunity for a Anesthesiologist to join our team. WCGHs Anesthesia department is team-oriented with open...
  2. Anesthesiologist Bangor, ME Eastern Maine Medical Center
    Exceptional Anesthesiologist Opportunity Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks board certified/board eligible general anesthesiologist to join our growing anesthesia service. Our highly skilled physician group provides coverage for a broad...
  3. Anesthesiologist Bangor, ME Eastern Maine Medical Center
    Cardiac Anesthesiologist Eastern Maine Medical Center seeks board certified/board eligible anesthesiologists with subspecialty training in cardiac anesthesia to join our growing anesthesia service. Our highly skilled physician group provides...
  4. Anesthesiologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, Minnesota is seeking an Anesthesiologist to join our practice. Mayo Clinic Health System links Mayo Clinics respected expertise in patient care,...
  5. Anesthesiologist Portland, ME MaineHealth
    ANESTHESIA Practice Profile Member of Franklin Community Health Network Candidate: Board certified/eligible in anesthesia. Practice Profile: Franklin Anesthesia is a Franklin Memorial Hospital based and owned practice located...
  6. Anesthesiologist Opportunity Liberal, KS Southwest Medical Center
    Southwest Medical Center is seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Anesthesiologist to join our team. •Competitive Salary based on MGMA data plus production incentives and a competitive benefits package with major medical insurance,...
  7. Anesthesiologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is seeking a Board Certified or Board Eligible Physician to join a Department of six full-time Anesthesiologists. Practice Description: The physician will...
  8. Anesthesiologist Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic Campus in Minnesota
    The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, is seeking highly qualified anesthesiologists interested in joining the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. The Department includes over 160 anesthesiologists who practice in a care team...
  9. Anesthesiologist Jacksonville, FL Mayo Clinic's Campus in Florida
    The Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, is seeking highly qualified board certified/eligible anesthesiologists to join the department. A strong interest in research and academia is encouraged. Candidates must be...
  10. Anesthesiologist Columbus, OH Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Reports 2017-18 list of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals, Nationwide Childrens Hospital is one of Americas largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing...
  11. PEDIATRIC ANESTHESIOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The University of Iowa, Department of Anesthesia is actively recruiting faculty for its rapidly growing Pediatric Anesthesia group.
  12. STAFF ANESTHESIOLOGIST Iowa City, IA University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
    The Department of Anesthesia is seeking Anesthesiologists with interest and expertise in several important clinical areas including: ambulatory, cardiovascular/thoracic, obstetrical, neurosurgical, pediatric, regional and/or transplant anesthesia.
  13. PERFUSIONIST Worcester, MA UMass Memorial Medical Center
    Serves as a member of the open-heart surgical team that operates the heart-lung machine in order to maintain homeostasis, anticoagulation, and acid base balance during the operative procedure. Works under the direction of the cardiac surgeon,...
  14. STAFF ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - PRN Statesville, NC Iredell Health System
    The Nurse Anesthetist administers anesthesia for surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures for all age groups neonates, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients following medically approved techniques under the professional direction...
  15. STAFF ANESTHETIST (CRNA) - FULL-TIME 40 HOURS Statesville, NC Iredell Health System
    The Nurse Anesthetist administers anesthesia for surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures for all age groups neonates, pediatric, adult, and geriatric patients following medically approved techniques under the professional direction...