Anaesthetic Technicians prepare and maintain anaesthetic equipment for operating theatres or clinics, and assist Anaesthetists during anaesthetic procedures.

    A diploma in anaesthetic technology or paramedical science is needed to work as an Anaesthetic Technician. Anaesthetic Technicians often have university qualifications.

    Tasks

    • Operates equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and in anaesthesia.
    • Undertakes and assists with medical analytical procedures and assists anaesthetists and surgical teams.

    All Medical Technicians

    • $1,159 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Anaesthetic Technicians

    • 620 workers Employment Size
    • High skill Skill level rating
    • 74% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 53% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Anaesthetic Technicians (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 550 in 2011 to 620 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Many Anaesthetic Technicians work in Western Australia and Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (74%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 53% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Health Care and Social Assistance97.0
    Public Administration and Safety1.5
    Financial and Insurance Services0.5
    Education and Training0.5
    Other Industries0.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateAnaesthetic TechniciansAll Jobs Average
    NSW11.731.6
    VIC10.225.6
    QLD34.620.0
    SA0.57.0
    WA43.010.8
    TAS0.02.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT0.01.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketAnaesthetic TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.5-5.05.0
    20-244.9-9.39.3
    25-3418.1-22.922.9
    35-4426.2-22.022.0
    45-5426.9-21.621.6
    55-5914.3-9.09.0
    60-646.5-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationAnaesthetic TechniciansAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate20.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree17.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma48.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV10.8-21.121.1
    Year 122.2-18.118.1
    Year 110.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below0.5-12.512.5

    A diploma in anaesthetic technology or paramedical science is needed to work as an Anaesthetic Technician. Anaesthetic Technicians often have university qualifications.

    Membership with Australian Anaesthesia Allied Health Practitioners may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • national police check
    • working with children check
    • first aid certificate
    • be up to date with immunisations

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    Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Customer and personal service

      67% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. English language

      61% Skill level

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

    3. Medicine and dentistry

      60% Skill level

      Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

    4. Psychology

      55% Skill level

      Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

    5. Chemistry

      53% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Disease or infection

      98% Important

      Be exposed to disease or infections.

    2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      97% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

    3. Being exact or accurate

      97% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    4. Indoors, heat controlled

      96% Important

      Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

    5. Face-to-face discussions

      94% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1071.01 - Anesthesiologist Assistants.

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