Most anesthesiologists work in outpatient surgical centers and hospitals. Other job opportunities for anesthesiologists may be found in group and private and practices, academic medical centers, urgent care centers, and in the military. As with most other medical careers, anesthesiology work requires long and hectic hours. Most anesthesiologists work up to 60 hours a week or more.
Education and Training
Those interested in launching a career as an anesthesiologist are required to complete a premedical program (typically a bachelors degree program in one of the sciences) at an accredited college or university. These programs, as is the case with most bachelor degree programs, are four years in length and are very rigorous. Following completing of an undergraduate degree program, students must then pass the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and apply to medical school. The application process may require a personal interview, additional applications, or further testing.
Upon graduation from medical school, an aspiring anesthesiologist then spends four more years in an anesthesiology residency program (there are approximately 160 anesthesiology medical residency programs based throughout the United States). Some residency programs require one more full year of study, called a fellowship, in a specific anesthesiology specialty such as pain medicine, critical care medicine, research or education. During residency training, anesthesiologists typically work toward earning a certification from the American Society of Anesthesiologists or the American Board of Anesthesiology.
The career outlook for anesthesiologists, as well as doctors in general, is predicted to be extremely promising as the U.S. population is growing and an increasing number of people will need more doctors in order to fulfill their health care needs. While there aren't specific employment statistics for the anesthesiology specialty, opportunities for physicians are estimated to increase 10% - 20% over the next ten years. Specialty physicians, such as anesthesiologists, can look forward to the largest increase in employment due to patient demand for access to specialty medical care. Evolving technology will also be partially responsible for an increase in employment opportunities for anesthesiologists. As anesthesiologists are able to perform more complex procedures due to new technology, they will have the ability to treat conditions that were previously considered untreatable.
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