Administer drugs that will sedate or numb the body for surgery.
So, you want to get paid for putting people to sleep? Well then, you should consider an Anesthesiologist career — though as an Anesthesiologist, you do a whole lot more than that. You work with other Physicians to provide care and pain relief to surgical and maternity patients.
The pressure is on as you continually monitor and assess vital life functions — like breathing and heartbeat — during surgery, and assist in giving comfort to intensive-care patients and women who are giving birth. You’re likely to make a lot of friends in the maternity ward, both for the pain relief you provide and for your help in controlling noise (it gets a bit loud when a baby is on his way).
I’ll get rich, right?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Physicians and Surgeons are among the highest-paid people of any occupation, and an anesthesiology salary is in that category. The average income of an Anesthesiologist is $220,000 annually. The lowest 10 percent of all Anesthesiologists earn an average of $58.01 per hour, or $120,660 per year. This means you have a 90 percent chance of earning more than $80 per hour, or $166,400 per year.
What influences Anesthesiologist pay?
A variety of factors influence Anesthesiologist pay, just as with any other position. Typically, the biggest factors are the number of years you’ve been practicing, the location of your practice, and the type of medical environment you work in. For example, if you’re employed by a private practice in Kansas, you’re likely to make less than if you work for a large hospital in California or New York.
Are jobs available?
The employment outlook is considered very good in this field. Employment of Anesthesiologists is expected to grow by more than 20 percent in the coming years. As the healthcare field continues to grow, and the number of elders increases, the need for healthcare-related positions will follow. So rest assured, there’s a better than good chance you’ll be able to find a job and repay your student loans.