Anesthesiologists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Anesthesia is used during surgeries and other medical procedures to control pain while maintaining the patient’s breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and blood flow. Physicians who specialize in anesthesiology in the Military administer or supervise the administration of anesthetics to patients during medical procedures. They determine which anesthetics to use (e.g., local, regional, general), considering factors such as the patient’s condition and the operation or procedure to be performed. They coordinate with surgeons prior to, during, and immediately after the operation, and keep records of patient condition.

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Work Environment

Physicians and surgeons work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Offices of Physicians
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  • Outpatient Care Centers
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

  • Army
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Marine Corps
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Anesthesiologists in the Military

174

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Salary

Average Salary

$139,067

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-doctoral training 69%
  • Doctoral degree 24%
  • First professional degree 4%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Learn more about becoming an officer, here. Job training for physicians and surgeons primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Advanced courses and programs in medical specialties are available, as well as residency and fellowship programs, access to sophisticated technologies, research methods, and opportunities to consult with leading military and civilian researchers, in addition to other professional growth opportunities such as attending professional development courses, research seminars, and academic conferences. In addition, scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Chemistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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