By David F

Job Discription

They put patients under before a surgery. Anesthesiologists serve a central role in the operating room, making decisions to protect and regulate your critical life functions. They typically are the first to diagnose and treat any medical problems that may arise during surgery or the recovery period.

Working Conditions

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that anesthesiologists generally work in well-lit, sterile environments in hospitals or outpatient surgery centers. The temperature in the surgical environment is usually kept low for increased sterility. Anesthesiologists may work in a variety of settings, including hospital operating rooms and outpatient surgery facilities, as well as private practices, academic medical centers and the military.


How much do Anesthesiologists make?

10 year growth: 14%

Job Prospects: Excellent

What they make:

  • Lower - $256,321
  • Median - $314,279
  • Upper - $369,367

How much does an Anesthesiologists make in…


California $181,444 - $300,504

Texas $178, 486 - $289,820

New York $191,169 - $291,678

Florida $180,000 - $286,626

Georgia $151,262 - $296,057

North Carolina $137,400 - $290,137


New York $193,640 - $275,000

Houston $194,981 - $286,866

Boston $198,342 - $254,713

Atlanta $147,395 - $296,958

Chicago $193,045 - $258,063

Los Angeles $198,317 - $322,700


In order to be an anesthesiologist, one must first complete the premed requirements in college and graduate (usually four or five years). He or she must then complete four years of medical school to obtain an M.D. or D.O. degree. After medical school, he or she must complete a residency in anesthesiology (usually four years) until being able to practice independently.

Anesthesiologists Education Requirements:Undergrad in Biology or Chemistry - > Doctor of Medicine in Anesthesiology


pros: interesting work, great ability to take care of patients (you are responsible for their life while they're in your hands in a very visceral way) The money is good and in the long run, the lifestyle can be too.
Cons: usually no continuity of care--you see the patient once before and at surgery and that's generally it. Hours: at least during residency, you have to keep surgery hours, and I hate having to get up at 5 AM.