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Anesthesia Technologist/Technician Career

Are you interested in a health care and perhaps working in the operating room, but looking for alternatives outside of nursing? There are a variety of health care career options that are available to you if you become a health science major, or simply earn some training after your high school diploma. Many support positions are growing in the already booming health care field because they are more cost-effective. And while they may require some training and education, the preparation is less rigorous than for other health care positions.

Become an Anesthesia Technician / Technologist

Anesthesia Technician and Technologist Resources...

What are anesthesia technicians and technologists?

Anesthesia technologist and technician are two similar careers that might be of interest to you if you would like to work in and around an operating room. They work as part of a team, assisting the anesthesiologist and anesthesiologist assistant, helping them care for patients undergoing anesthesia. They prepare and use the medical equipment used for administering anesthesia. They are also responsible for many other tasks, ranging from setting up the equipment, calibrating the equipment, troubleshooting, and monitoring to ensure that the equipment is working properly and ready for the physician.

Where do they work?

An anesthesiology technician or technologist could work in labor and delivery, MRI, radiology, or with the department of anesthesia. The roles of a technician and technologist are similar, although the technologist generally has more responsibilities and more training or education.

Education and training requirements

The requirements for an anesthesia technician for most hospitals are a high school degree and either some academic training and/or one to two years work experience in an operating room. Pursuing a training program will give you a head start on an entry-level job, whether it results in an associate degree or a certificate of achievement. Just be sure to find an ASATT approved program. Training will include classroom instruction as well as lab experience and supervised work experience. In a training program, you can learn become familiar with operating room procedures, basic pharmacology, sterile processing, and knowledge of anesthesia equipment. Coursework will also cover humanities, mathematics, anatomy and physiology, and chemistry.

Anesthesia technician / technologist certification

Certification is offered through the ASATT, and is the best way to ensure that your skills are current and that employers will view you as a qualified candidate. Certification requires meeting eligibility requirements, paying a fee, and passing the examination. Recertification must be renewed every two years, either through re-examination or continuing education credits.

Consider joining the American Society of Anesthesiology Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) for more information about certification, job postings, and conferences and continuing education opportunities. Networking and being aware of current industry trends is an important part of doing your job well or getting a good start in this career. Health care is a growing field and also one that is dynamic and requiring a willingness to learn new skills and be up-to-date with developments.

To learn more about becoming a anesthesia technician or technologist, you can contact schools that offer related training programs or learn more by reading the career plan discussion on becoming an anesthesia technician or technologist. If you are still trying to determine the right career choice, take some time to explore additional careers in health care.