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Anesthesiologists in Kings County

May also be called: Medical Doctors

Specialties within this occupation include: Anesthesiologist Critical Care Specialists; Cardiac Anesthesiologists; Pain Management Physicians; and Pediatric Anesthesiologists

What Would I Do?

Physicians who specialize in providing pain relief and sedating surgical patients are called Anesthesiologists. They monitor, assess, and adjust their patient's vital life functions during surgery. They also provide pain relief to those in labor and delivery, in the intensive care unit, and suffering from chronic pain.

Anesthesiologists usually work in well-lit, sterile environments. Most work in physicians' offices, hospitals, or in surgical outpatient centers. They often stand for long periods and work long, irregular hours.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Anesthesiologist may appeal to those who like working with ideas and doing an extensive amount of thinking. Those who like figuring out problems mentally tend to be a good fit for this job.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Anesthesiologists are among the best paid physician specialists. Wages vary due to a variety of factors, such as the number of patients they see and where they work. Earnings for geographical areas within the state are not available; however, the average annual wage for Anesthesiologists statewide is $224,882. The average hourly wage is $108.12 for Anesthesiologists across the state.

Typical benefits include health and life insurance, vacation, and retirement plans. Some employers offer the opportunity to become a partner in the medical group. Employers may offer educational loan repayment, paid time off for educational purposes, or paid malpractice insurance.

What is the Job Outlook?

As the population ages, it is expected to increase demand for medical services requiring the administration of anesthetics.

How Do I Qualify?

Anesthesiologists start by earning a bachelor's degree. Then, they go on to four years of medical school, followed by four to eight years of internship and residency. They can then pursue one year of residency in a specific area of anesthesiology, such as pain medicine. In addition, Anesthesiologists must obtain a California license to practice medicine.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains an effective job search method. Professional associations provide career links or job boards. Medical recruiters and healthcare staffing agencies also place physicians. In addition, Anesthesiologists can find work through their residency training. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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