Nurse Anesthetists

General Information

Description

Administer anesthesia, monitor patient's vital signs, and oversee patient recovery from anesthesia. May assist anesthesiologists, surgeons, other physicians, or dentists. Must be registered nurses who have specialized graduate education.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Offices of Physicians
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Outpatient Care Centers

Job Outlook

Overall employment of nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners is projected to grow 31 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will occur because of an increase in the demand for healthcare services. Several factors will contribute to this demand, including an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from the aging population. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can perform many of the same services as physicians. APRNs will be increasingly utilized in team-based models of care, particularly in hospitals, offices of physicians, clinics, and other ambulatory care settings, where they will be needed to provide preventive and primary care. APRNs will also be needed to care for the large, aging baby-boom population. As baby boomers age, they will experience ailments and complex conditions that require medical care. APRNs will be needed to keep these patients healthy and to treat the growing number of patients with chronic and acute conditions. As states change their laws governing APRN practice authority, APRNs are being allowed to perform more services. They are also becoming more widely recognized by the public as a source for primary healthcare.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$170,960

State-by-state Salary

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$208,000+
$58,320
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 77%
  • Doctoral degree 6%
  • First professional degree 6%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • Post baccalaureate 3%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Psychology
  • Biology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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