Anesthesiologists By: Joy Chen

Job Description

  • Conducts the preoperative assessment of the patient
  • An evaluation process that determines the safest anesthesia plan for each patient based on their current state of health
  • Makes the anesthesia related perioperative medical decisions
  • Leads the Anesthesia Care Team
  • Responsible for the wellbeing of patients before, during, and after the course of the surgery


Obtain a M.D. degree

  • 4 years of undergraduate study
  • 4 years in medical school
  • 3-7 years in an anesthesiology residency program

Take the U.S Medical Licensing Examination for license from state

Take the American Board of Anesthesiology exam for certification

Additional subspecialty certification: critical care medicine, pain medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesiology

Skills Needed

Hard Skills

Knowledge in:

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Customers and Personal services

Soft Skills


  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Monitoring Skills
  • Active Listening Skills
  • Judgement and Decision Making Skills
  • Time Management
  • Coordination
  • Management of Personal Resources


Starting salary:


Median salary:


Projected Growth

In 2014-2024: Projected to grow 30%

Possible factors that influence this projected growth:

  • Human Life Expectancy has been growing
  • Healthcare related careers are getting more popular

Universities recommened

Harvard Medical school

Ranked #1
"To create and nurture a diverse community of the best people committed to leadership in alleviating human suffering caused by disease"

3.7% acceptance rate

$55,850 per year

ucsf school of medicine

Ranked #2
"The UCSF School of Medicine strives to advance human health through a fourfold mission of education, research, patient care and public service."

2.2% acceptance rate

#32,365 per year

johns hopkins school of medicine

Ranked #3
"Together, we will deliver the promise of medicine"

1.8% acceptance rate

$47,284 per year


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