Career Overview For Anesthetist


Read here a brief summary about anesthetists career. This information will help you to get better knowldge about this profession.


An Anesthetist puts patients under anesthesia because they have to undergo surgery, undergo a painful examination or because they need pain therapy. Furthermore, monitors, controls and supports various vital bodily functions during operations, in a team led by a plastic, cadio, or neurosurgeon or a surgeon or doctorwith a different specialization. In addition to the operating room, an anesthetist can also work in the outpatient clinic, emergency room, intensive care unit, delivery room or a trauma team. An Anesthetist will meet patients of all ages and with all kinds of complaints. The Anesthetist has ultimate responsibility for the anesthesia and the control of the patient's bodily functions during the surgery or examination. The Anasthesiologist supervises various nurse anesthetists and gives them assignments. In case of complications, they warn the anesthetist who must then immediately make decisions about further treatment.

The duties of an Anesthetist include checking the equipment, choosing the right anesthetic, anesthetizing and waking the patient (e.g. after an epidural or general anesthesia), administering medication and monitoring vital body functions, such as heart rate, respiration, blood circulation, consciousness, moisture and temperature regulation and the oxygen concentration in the blood. In addition to these tasks, the Anesthetist holds consultation hours during which patients are examined and the Anesthetist determines whether a patient is fit enough to undergo surgery. The best method of anesthesia is discussed with the patient.

An Anesthetist must be able to work attentively and accurately and must be able to respond immediately if complications arise. An Anesthetist must therefore be stress resistant as he must be able to work under pressure and face deaths.

An Anesthetist may have irregular working hours and work evening, night and weekend shifts.

What are the Prospects for Anesthetists Career?

At the moment there's a shortage of Anesthetists and the labor market is therefore favorable. There're plenty of jobs to be found. In addition, the number of training places for Anesthetist is geared to the number of Anesthetists that will be needed in the future, which prevents a surplus.

You can specialize further, for example in an anesthetist-intensivist. In addition to working in the operating theater, you'll also work in the IC (Intensive Care) department. In addition, there's also the possibility to take on additional tasks, for example management tasks or board tasks or you can take on a management position. You could also become a professor.

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