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Job Description

Your job is to Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.

Common job titles of Anesthesiologists 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.

  • 69.18% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.

  • 24.71% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.


    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.

    Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.

    Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.

    Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.

    Position patient on operating table to maximize patient comfort and surgical accessibility.

    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.

    Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.

    Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.

    Inform students and staff of types and methods of anesthesia administration, signs of complications, and emergency methods to counteract reactions.

    Coordinate and direct work of nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers.

    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.

    Schedule and maintain use of surgical suite, including operating, wash-up, waiting rooms, or anesthetic and sterilizing equipment.

    Instruct individuals and groups on ways to preserve health and prevent disease.

    Diagnose illnesses, using examinations, tests, and reports.

    Conduct medical research to aid in controlling and curing disease, to investigate new medications, and to develop and test new medical techniques.


Valve mask resuscitators

Tracheostomy sets


Tablet computers

Swan Ganz artery catheters

Surgical gloves

Suction machines

All Tools


Pulse oximeters

Pretracheal stethoscopes

Precordial stethoscopes

Plethysmography machines

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Peripheral nerve stimulators

Patient controlled analgesia PCA pumps

Oxygen masks

Notebook computers

Nasogastric tubes

Medical masks

Laryngeal mask airways LMA

Invasive hemodynamic pressure monitors

Intubation equipment

Intravenous IV equipment

Intra-arterial catheters

Injection syringes

Heart rate monitors

Gas anesthesia administration machines

Fiberoptic bronchoscopes

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Esophageal tracheal airway devices

Epidural catheters

Endotracheal ET tubes

End tidal carbon dioxide monitors or supplies

Electronic blood pressure units

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Digital anesthesia machines

Desktop computers

Cricothyrotomy equipment


Calibrated vaporizers

Blood collection syringes

Automated external defibrillators AED

Anesthesia monitors

Anesthesia gas concentration monitors


MEDITECH software

AetherPalm InfusiCalc

Anesthesia machine software

AtStaff Physician Scheduler

Drug database software

EDImis Anesthesia Manager

Electronic medical record EMR software

All Technologies

Healthpac Medical Billing

Medical calculator software

Skyscape 5-Minute Clinical Consult

Skyscape AnesthesiaDrugs


Critical Thinking

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

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.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


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

Complex Problem Solving

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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Social Perceptiveness

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

Time Management

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

Operation Monitoring

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

Active Learning

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

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.


Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.


Using mathematics to solve problems.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


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

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

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Clarity

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