All About Anetheisiology

By: Chylla Waggoner

What Is It?

Anesthesiologists are doctors who give patients drugs to relieve pain or put them to sleep during medical procedures.


Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, anesthesiologists:

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of patients.

  • Are regularly exposed to diseases, infections, and contaminants in the hospital.

  • Must be very certain that all details and tasks of the job are completed accurately. Errors can have painful or even fatal consequences for patients.

  • May be on-call any hour of the day or night.

Yearly Wages

The average Anethisologis makes around $264,320. This is based nationwide.

Preparation and Training

An anesthesiologist typically needs to:

  • have a high school diploma or equivalent

  • have a bachelor’s degree

  • graduate from medical school

  • complete an internship

  • complete a residency program in anesthesiology

  • pass additional exams to become board certified

Important Skills and Abilities

Some important skills you should maintain would be:

  • Be aware of others’ reactions and understand the possible causes.
  • Use several methods to learn or teach new things.
  • Look for ways to help people.
  • Change behavior in relation to others’ actions.
  • Understand spoken information.


Recommended Core Classes and Electives

Some classes and electives that are recommended would be:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Computer Applications
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Foreign Language
  • Introduction to Health Care
  • Nursing
  • Safety and First Aid

Career Planning : How to Become an Anesthesiologist