Nature of Work— Nurse anesthetists (advanced practice registered nurses) specialize in anesthetics and provide anesthesia for patients during procedures. They also care for patients before and after their procedures.
Training, Qualifications and Advancement— In order to become a nurse anesthetist, you must have at least earned a master's degree in one of the advanced practice registered nurse's roles (an accredited program). They must also be licensed in their state and pass the national certification exam. In terms of advancement, advanced practice registered nurses may take on managerial/administrative roles and some others may go into academia; those who earn a doctoral degree may conduct independent research work in an inter-professional research team.
Employment— In order to be employed as a nurse anesthetist, most advanced practice registered nurses must have a registered nursing license, complete an accredited graduate-level program, and pass a national certification exam.
Job Outlook— The job outlook for nurse anesthetists (2014-2024) is 31%, which is much faster than average. Advanced practice registered nurses will be in high demand medically in urban and rural areas. They are needed because they provide anesthetics and related care before, during, and after surgical procedures.
Projections Data— The projection data for nurse anesthetists is 45,600, and its change is 7,400. Therefore, the percent of change is 19.3
Earnings— The earnings (median annual wage) of a nurse anesthetist is $157,140 as of May 2015.
Related Occupations— Similar occupations to nurse anesthetists include: audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and physician assistants.