Anesthesiologist Assistants

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Assist anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Monitor patient status and provide patient care during surgical treatment.

Common job titles of Anesthesiologist Assistants include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 41.68% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 21.8% said they needed a High School Diploma.


    Pretest and calibrate anesthesia delivery systems and monitors.

    Assist anesthesiologists in performing anesthetic procedures, such as epidural or spinal injections.

    Collect and document patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.

    Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.

    Provide airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.

    Assist anesthesiologists in monitoring of patients, including electrocardiogram (EKG), direct arterial pressure, central venous pressure, arterial blood gas, hematocrit, or routine measurement of temperature, respiration, blood pressure or heart rate.

    Administer anesthetic, adjuvant, or accessory drugs under the direction of an anesthesiologist.

    Control anesthesia levels during procedures.

    Monitor and document patients' progress during post-anesthesia period.

    Administer blood, blood products, or supportive fluids.

    Assist in the provision of advanced life support techniques including those procedures using high frequency ventilation or intra-arterial cardiovascular assistance devices.

    Collect samples or specimens for diagnostic testing.

    Participate in seminars, workshops, or other professional activities to keep abreast of developments in anesthesiology.

    Provide clinical instruction, supervision or training to staff in areas such as anesthesia practices.

    Assist in the application of monitoring techniques, such as pulmonary artery catheterization, electroencephalographic spectral analysis, echocardiography, or evoked potentials.

    Respond to emergency situations by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).


Volume limited infant ventilation devices

Vital signs monitors

Ultrasound imaging scanners

Synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilators SIMV


Pulse oximeters

Pressure support ventilation PSV equipment

All Tools

Portable ventilation devices

Peripheral nerve stimulators

Peak flow meters

Oxygen tanks

Oxygen saturation monitors

Oxygen delivery masks

Oxygen delivery concentrators

Non-rebreather masks

Nasal airways

Mechanical stethoscopes


Invasive blood pressure analysis equipment

Intravenous IV infusion pumps

Intravenous IV catheters

Intracranial pressure ICP monitors

High frequency ventilation devices

Gas anesthesia machines

Endotracheal tubing

Electromyographs EMG

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Echocardiography equipment

Double lumen tubes

Digital spirometers

Continuous positive airway pressure CPAP equipment

Coagulation monitors

Central venous pressure monitoring catheters

Cardiac output monitors


Bilevel positive airway pressure BPAP equipment

Automatic blood pressure cuffs

Automated external defibrillators AED

Assist-control ventilation equipment

Arterial line catheters

Anesthesia vaporizers

Anesthesia breathing bags


Allscripts PM

athenahealth athenaCollector

Automatic Data Processing AdvancedMD EHR

Benchmark Systems Benchmark Clinical EHR

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

CareCloud Central

Cerner PowerWorks Practice Management

All Technologies

eClinicalWorks Practice Management

Epic Practice Management


GE Healthcare Centricity Practice Solution

Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

HealthFusion MediTouch

IOS Health Systems Medios EHR

Kareo Practice Management

McKesson Practice Plus

Modernizing Medicine Practice Management

NextGen Healthcare NextGen Practice Management


Vitera Healthcare Solutions Vitera Intergy



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/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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 Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Operation and Control

Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

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