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Anesthesiologists - 29-1061.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Anesthesia Associate
  • Anesthesia Director
  • Anesthesia Resident
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Attending Anesthesiologist
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Obstetrical Anesthesiologist
  • Physician Anesthesiologist
  • Staff Anesthesiologist
  • Staff Anesthetist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Administer anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods.
  • Conduct medical research to aid in controlling and curing disease, to investigate new medications, and to develop and test new medical techniques.
  • Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.
  • Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
  • Coordinate and direct work of nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers.
  • Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
  • Diagnose illnesses, using examinations, tests, and reports.
  • Examine patient, obtain medical history, and use diagnostic tests to determine risk during surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures.
  • Inform students and staff of types and methods of anesthesia administration, signs of complications, and emergency methods to counteract reactions.
  • Instruct individuals and groups on ways to preserve health and prevent disease.
  • Manage anesthesiological services, coordinating them with other medical activities and formulating plans and procedures.
  • Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
  • Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.
  • Position patient on operating table to maximize patient comfort and surgical accessibility.
  • Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.
  • Provide medical care and consultation in many settings, prescribing medication and treatment and referring patients for surgery.
  • Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.
  • Schedule and maintain use of surgical suite, including operating, wash-up, waiting rooms, or anesthetic and sterilizing equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer anesthetics or sedatives to control pain.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Direct healthcare delivery programs.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques.
  • Monitor patient conditions during treatments, procedures, or activities.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination.
  • Prepare patients physically for medical procedures.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Refer patients to other healthcare practitioners or health resources.
  • Schedule medical facility use.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Anesthesiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist, Cardiothoracic (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist, Pain Management (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Anesthesiologist