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Anesthesiologist Assistants

Also called: Anesthesia Tech, Anesthesia Technician, Anesthesiologist Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant

Where in the Navy? In the Navy: Hospital Corpsman

What they do:
Assist anesthesiologists in the administration of anesthesia for surgical and non-surgical procedures. Monitor patient status and provide patient care during surgical treatment.
On the job, you would:
  • Provide airway management interventions including tracheal intubation, fiber optics, or ventilary support.
  • Respond to emergency situations by providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic cardiac life support (BLS), advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), or pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
  • Verify availability of operating room supplies, medications, and gases.


  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • chemistry
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Allscripts PM
  • GalacTek ECLIPSE
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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