Anaesthetists provide direct medical care to patients requiring general or local anaesthesia for surgical, diagnostic and other procedures such as prevention of pain and maintenance of body function. Anaesthetic Registrars training as Anaesthetists are included in this unit group.

A Bachelor Degree or higher, 2 years hospital-based training, and at least 5 years specialist study and training is required. Most workers have a Post Graduate qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

Tasks

  • performing pre-operative examinations of patients to determine appropriate anaesthetic and sedation in concurrence with Internal Medicine Specialists and Surgeons
  • discussing the anaesthetic process with patients and obtaining their informed consent prior to surgery
  • administering local, regional and general anaesthetics using a variety of methods such as inhalational and intravenous administration
  • supervising the transfer of patients to operating theatres, positioning on operating tables, keeping patients warm, and responding quickly and accurately if any problems arise
  • monitoring patients throughout surgical procedures and in immediate post-operative procedures
  • recording details of anaesthetic and sedation administered, and the condition of patients before, during and after anaesthesia
  • liaising with other health care workers to provide diagnosis and treatment for patients with chronic pain, and to diagnose and treat patients requiring intensive care or resuscitation
  • may instruct medical, nursing, student and ancillary staff on the signs, symptoms and diagnosis of allergic and anaphylactic reactions to anaesthetic agents, and supervision and treatment of life threatening emergencies

Job Titles

  • Anaesthetist
  • Anaesthetist

    Specialisations: Intensive Care Anaesthetist, Obstetric Anaesthetist, Pain Management Specialist

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    Unavailable
  • Future Growth

    very strong
  • Skill Level

    Bachelor Degree or higher
  • Employment Size

    4000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    70.6%
  • Female Share

    29.4%
  • Full-Time Share

    87.2%

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This is a very small occupation employing 4000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Queensland has a large share of Anaesthetists.
  • They nearly all work in Health Care and Social Assistance.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 43.2 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 7 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20053700
20062900
20074100
20082800
20092500
20105400
20112100
20123600
20132700
20143200
20154000
20204700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAnaesthetistsAll Jobs Average
Full-time87.268.4
Part-time12.831.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)43.240

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance99.4
Public Administration and Safety0.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAnaesthetistsAll Jobs Average
NSW24.231.8
VIC11.325.5
QLD48.919.8
SA2.86.8
WA7.711.2
TAS1.12
NT01.1
ACT3.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAnaesthetistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190-5.45.4
20-240-9.99.9
25-3429.2-23.423.4
35-4425.8-21.721.7
45-5433.3-21.121.1
55-590.9-8.78.7
60-642.7-5.95.9
65 and Over8.2-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryAnaesthetistsCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males70.6Males53.6
Females29.4Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher, 2 years hospital-based training, and at least 5 years specialist study and training is required. Most workers have a Post Graduate qualification. Registration or licensing is required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Anaesthetists who are caring, compassionate, empathetic and work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Medicine and Dentistry

    98% Important

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  2. Biology

    85% Important

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  3. English Language

    74% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Chemistry

    72% Important

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    71% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    96% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Assisting and Caring for Others

    94% Important

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support to people such as co-workers, customers, or patients.

  3. Getting Information

    89% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge

    89% Important

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  5. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    88% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

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