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 here.

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

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 3,400 workers Employment Size
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 90.6% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 37.2 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 13.7% female Gender Share

The number of Anaesthetists grew moderately over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years:
from 3,400 in 2017 to 4,100 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2017.
  • Location: Anaesthetists work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (90.6%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 37.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (63.1%).
  • Gender: 13.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20072400
20084100
20092600
20104200
20113600
20123100
20133200
20142600
20154000
20163800
20173400
20224100

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Assistance97.9
Public Administration and Safety2.1

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 2017, 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
NSW29.931.6
VIC20.126.2
QLD27.819.7
SA2.06.7
WA11.210.8
TAS8.52.0
NT0.41.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.0-9.99.9
25-3415.7-23.623.6
35-4421.2-21.721.7
45-5441.2-20.820.8
55-596.7-8.88.8
60-6413.2-6.06.0
65 and Over2.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1061.00 - Anesthesiologists.

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