Anesthesiologist Assistant  What They Do

Just the Facts


Assists anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Monitors patient status and provides patient care during surgical treatment.

This career is part of the Health Science cluster Therapeutic Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Responds to emergency situations by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
  • Provides airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.
  • Verifies availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.
  • Pretests and calibrates anesthesia delivery systems and monitors.
  • Participates in seminars, workshops, or other professional activities to keep abreast of developments in anesthesiology.
  • Controls anesthesia levels during procedures.
  • Assists anesthesiologists in monitoring of patients including electrocardiogram (EKG), direct arterial pressure, central venous pressure, arterial blood gas, hematocrit, or routine measurement of temperature, respiration, blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Administers blood, blood products, or supportive fluids.
  • Collects and documents patients' pre-anesthetic health histories.
  • Assists in the provision of advanced life support techniques including those procedures using high frequency ventilation or intra-arterial cardiovascular assistance devices.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Exposed to radiation more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Anesthesia Tech --
  • Anesthesia Technician --
  • Anesthesiologist Assistant-Certified --
  • Anesthesiologists' Assistant --
  • Cardiothoracic Anesthesia Technician --
  • Certified Anesthesia Technician and Technologist --
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