Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.
- Anesthesia Associate
- Anesthesia Director
- Anesthesiology Medical Doctor (Anesthesiology MD)
- Attending Anesthesiologist
- Medical Director
- Medical Doctor (MD)
- Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
- Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.
- Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.
- Administer anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods.
- 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.
- Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
- Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
- Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.
- Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.
People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: IRS.
This means people who work in this occupation generally have Investigative interests, but also prefer Realistic and Social environments.
People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.
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In 2012, the average annual wage in California was $216,850.00 with most people making between $52,170.00 and n/a
During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 5,800 people in California. It is projected that there will be 6,800 employed in 2020.
This occupation will have about 110 openings due to growth and about 110 replacement openings for approximately 220 total annual openings.
Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation
collegeUniversity of Southern California
onetObstetricians and Gynecologists
collegeUniversity of California-Davis
majorAnesthesiology Residency Program
collegeUniversity of California-Los Angeles