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Anesthesiologist Assistant

77 Associates's Degrees Annually
#139 in Popularity (Associate's)
$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
Associate’s Degree 77
Undergraduate Certificate 5

What Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to anesthesiologist assistant were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in anesthesiologist assistant should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

Anesthesiologist Assistant majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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
Medical Assistants 29.0% $33,610

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Anesthesiologist Assistant?

77 Associate's Degrees Annually
86% Percent Women
69% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 86% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of anesthesiologist assistant majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Anesthesiologist Assistant Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 29
Hispanic or Latino 20
White 22
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

How Much Do Anesthesiologist Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Anesthesiologist Assistant majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $34,540 to $108,430 (25th to 75th percentile). 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.

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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 degrees associated with anesthesiologist assistant may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 21 schools offered some type of anesthesiologist assistant program. 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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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 4,954
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,499
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Lactation Consultant 20
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 12
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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