Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.
Related job titles:
Anesthesiologist, Staff Anesthesiologist, Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Director, Physician, Anesthesia Associate, Anesthesia Director, Attending Anesthesiologist, Obstetrical Anesthesiologist, Staff Anesthetist
Projected growth: Faster than average (20% to 28%)
Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.
Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.
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.
Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
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.
Inform students and staff of types and methods of anesthesia administration, signs of complications, and emergency methods to counteract reactions.
Manage anesthesiological services, coordinating them with other medical activities and formulating plans and procedures.
Provide medical care and consultation in many settings, prescribing medication and treatment and referring patients for surgery.
Diagnose illnesses, using examinations, tests, and reports.
Coordinate and direct work of nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers.
Instruct individuals and groups on ways to preserve health and prevent disease.
Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Anesthesiologists.