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Physicians who administer anesthetics prior to, during, or after surgery or other medical procedures.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Tourniquets
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  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
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  • Medical staff isolation or surgical masks
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  • Surgical gloves
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  • Medical suction or vacuum appliances
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Medical software
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  • Internet browser software
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  • Electronic mail software
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  • Data base user interface and query software
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  • Calendar and scheduling software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Administer anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods.
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  • Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
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  • Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.
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  • Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.
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  • Examine patient, obtain medical history, and use diagnostic tests to determine risk during surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures.
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  • Position patient on operating table to maximize patient comfort and surgical accessibility.
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  • Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
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  • Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
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  • Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.
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  • Coordinate and direct work of nurses, medical technicians, and other health care providers.
  •  Skills
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
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  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal m
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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
      Related Experience:   Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $273,516.00 $131.50  N/A  N/A - N/A 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $204,515.00 $98.33  $38.87  N/A - N/A 
    New Haven $285,438.00 $137.23  N/A  N/A - N/A 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   22
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow about as fast as average, but the number of annual openings will offer limited job opportunities.
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