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Anesthesia Jobs – What It Takes To Work In Anesthesia

Securing anesthesia jobs is very rewarding, as a specialist you’re always in demand and never without a job.

It’s also a high paying job so is it’s a personally and financially rewarding career path.

There are plenty of areas you can work, from emergency rooms to dental offices.

You can also work on a full-time base or as a locum if your lifestyle needs more freedom.


What is an Anesthesiologist?


An anesthesiologist is a medical doctor.

Most think they are the person who puts you under during surgery, but that’s only part of an anesthesiologist’s job.

There is more to being an anesthesiologist than just administering anesthesia.

They meet with the patient before their procedure and explain what will happen to them when they are under anesthetic.

They also have to check the patient, look at their medical history and determine if they are suitable for being put under.

During their surgical procedure, they are there to monitor the patient’s vital signs and ensure that everything is going as it should be and the patient is not in danger.


Becoming an Anesthesiologist…


If you are seriously considering becoming an anesthesiologist, you will be looking at a lot of schooling and hard work.

Before looking at colleges, you need to have a full understanding of high school levels of math and science.

It’s also a good idea if you are applying at college, to see if they require you to have elective classes on top of your regular work.

It’s wise to get those out of the way before you are attending full-time classes, as you will need all your spare time for your medical classes.

Becoming an anesthesiologist requires a four-year medical undergraduate program.

You can also take pre-medicine or another science-based program but it is not required.

Once you finish there, you need to attend another four years of medical school where you will likely spend the first two years building on basic sciences and the second two in clinical training.


After Graduation…


Once you graduate from medical school, as an anesthesiologist, you must spend one year in an internship and then three more years in a residency program. There are about 160 anesthesiology medical residency programs throughout the United States and in Canada.

While you are in residency training, anesthesiologists work at obtaining a certification from the American Society of Anesthesiologists or the American Board of Anesthesiology.


Anesthesia Graduation

After graduation, there is still much work to be done to secure anesthesia jobs.


Specialist Anesthesia Jobs…


Once you have completed your residency, some anesthesiologists take an additional one-year fellowship with an interest in specializing in a specific area of anesthesiology. These include areas like critical care medicine, pain medicine, research or education.


What to Expect…


Anesthesia jobs can be very stressful.

You need to be able to keep yourself together under very stressful times.

Anesthesiologists need to be able to balance critical thinking, a high patient load and excellent communication and people skills.

You can find yourself working in many different areas, like clinics, maternity wards, emergency rooms and even in pain management. Depending on your situation, you may find yourself either overworked or not getting enough work.

Demand for anesthesia jobs may be higher in smaller communities and remote parts of the state. These jobs may offer full-time positions but living out in a smaller city may not be for everyone.

If you desire to work in a thriving city, then you may work fewer hours and not the hours you want. You can become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or CRNA. They can make more money than the people who work on a salary.

While an anesthesiologist can make up to $5000,000 per year, a CRNA can make over $80 per hour. The wages can actually work out to be rather close by the end of the year, depending on location and hours worked.

The salaried anesthesiologist will receive benefits and the CRNA has more freedom. The CRNA may also have to work more hours than they anticipated, due to a shortage of staffing, they may be stuck working hours they don’t really want and finding work may be a bit more difficult.

Both positions will likely mean a hectic and unpredictable schedule. There will always be emergencies to tend to, being on-call and a large patient load. It’s important to consider these situations when thinking about looking for anesthesia jobs.

Unlike doctors who bring patients to a hospital or clinic, you won’t have that as a negotiating tool. The hospital makes money from new patients, so you work with patients who are already in the system.

Anesthesiologists are medical doctors and CRNAs are nurses, although both do the same work.

The CRNA will be expected to fulfill other nursing duties as well as administering anesthesia. This may be more appealing for some, as there are more chances of finding jobs with more skills.


Be in Demand…


There is a huge percentage of the population ageing.

That being the baby boomers.

That means they are in need of medical care. Younger generations have been far better at taking care of themselves than the population before them.

The higher demand in the medical field means more job opportunities for those considering jobs in the medical field.

That means a higher demand for anesthesia jobs.

You can likely pick the area and speciality you want to focus on, find the desired job you want and work where you like.

Some jobs offered will be better suited for those who don’t have families or other demanding obligations.

Anesthesia jobs are very rewarding and offer a great deal of job satisfaction.

You have choices of where you want to work, by location and by speciality. You may find yourself in a situation where you get to work in several different areas if you are working independently or through an agency.

This will be very beneficial for helping you decide where you ultimately would like to work. Becoming an anesthesiologist opens many doors for jobs, job satisfaction and the opportunity to help people.

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Callum Liddell

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