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Anesthesiologist Assistant

225 Master's Degrees Annually
$34,540 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many anesthesiologist assistant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 225
Associate’s Degree 77
Undergraduate Certificate 5

What Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, anesthesiologist assistant majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Skills for Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors

When studying anesthesiologist assistant, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Abilities for Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors

As a anesthesiologist assistant major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Anesthesiologist Assistant Major?

People with a anesthesiologist assistant degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Anesthesiologist Assistants 37.4% $108,610
Medical Assistants 29.0% $33,610

How Much Do Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $34,540 to $108,430 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to anesthesiologist assistant. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Anesthesiologist Assistant Major  ( 34540 to 108430 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with anesthesiologist assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for anesthesiologist assistant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 15.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 47.3%
Some College Courses 4.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.8%
Master’s Degree 16.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.4%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 5.7%

Online Anesthesiologist Assistant Programs

In 2018-2019, 21 schools offered a anesthesiologist assistant program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 12 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 8 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Anesthesiologist Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a anesthesiologist assistant grad is $34,540 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to anesthesiologist assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Medical/Clinical Assistant 60,320
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant 9,273
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8,341
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 7,650
Occupational Therapist Assistant 4,986
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,605
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 124
Lactation Consultant 20
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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