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€34k - €90k
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In Brief...

A fully qualified medical doctor who specialises in preventing patients from feeling pain whilst they undergo surgery and other medical procedures.


  • 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.
  • Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • 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.


  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

In Summary - Anaesthetist

Career Sectors

Anaesthetists typically work in the following Career Sectors:

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The Work - Anaesthetist

The Anaesthetist is with the patient throughout the operation, giving the drugs necessary to keep the patient anaesthetised and ensuring the safest and optimum conditions for surgery. He or she will support the heart and respiratory systems and give invasive procedures that may prove necessary. They work in the surgical department of hospitals ensuring that the patient is prepared for, comfortable during and supervised after an operation. They also have the responsibility for the wellbeing of the patient's vital organs.  
Recovery from anaesthesia and surgery is under the supervision of the anaesthetic staff and takes place in the Recovery Room. The Anaesthetist is particularly concerned that the vital systems are stable at this time and that the patient is without pain. There is usually a unit for on-going cardio-respiratory monitoring and support. Anaesthetists thus specialise not only in intensive care management but also in chronic pain therapy in specialised units.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Monitor patient before, during, and after anesthesia and counteract adverse reactions or complications.
  • Record type and amount of anesthesia and patient condition throughout procedure.
  • Provide and maintain life support and airway management and help prepare patients for emergency surgery.
  • Administer anesthetic or sedation during medical procedures, using local, intravenous, spinal, or caudal methods.
  • Examine patient, obtain medical history, and use diagnostic tests to determine risk during surgical, obstetrical, and other medical procedures.
  • Position patient on operating table to maximize patient comfort and surgical accessibility.
  • Coordinate administration of anesthetics with surgeons during operation.
  • Decide when patients have recovered or stabilized enough to be sent to another room or ward or to be sent home following outpatient surgery.
  • Confer with other medical professionals to determine type and method of anesthetic or sedation to render patient insensible to pain.
  • Order laboratory tests, x-rays, and other diagnostic procedures.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Analyzing Data or Information Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Interests - Anaesthetist

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.


Anaesthesia is an emotionally rewarding speciality that requires strong inter-personal skills to look after the critically ill patient and the patient in acute and chronic pain. They must also very observing and calculating.

Entry Requirements - Anaesthetist

The first step in this specialist career pathway is a five to six-year undergraduate medical degree programme at one of the six medical schools in Ireland (NUIG; RCSI; TCD; UCD; UCC; UL). Candidates should check individual course details and specific entry requirements (e.g. HPAT. Application is made through the CAO.

The Medical Degree is followed by a year long Internship in an approved hospital. Following this, a junior doctor can choose to specialise as an Anaethetist.

The route from Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Anaesthesia, including Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, to Specialist Anaesthetist (SAT), is an additional six year programme (from July 2012).

The training is operated and regulated by the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland (CAI) under the aegis of the Irish Medical Council (IMC). CAI is the only body recognised by the IMC to provide anaesthesia training.

Anaesthesia training is based in accredited hospitals recognised by the CAI and is structured to maximise opportunities for learning and to provide a broad range of experience in different types of hospitals and of different sub-specialties in Anaesthesia.

Training comprises a combination of practical experience, clinical learning, theoretical learning, learning in non-clinical areas, individual study, mandatory elements including simulation courses. 

Last Updated: November, 2014

Pay & Salary - Anaesthetist

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €34k - €90k

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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Anaesthetist

This occupation has been identified as a Job in Demand by the most recent National Skills Bulletin.

Due to international demand for these skills, job opportunities will continue to arise.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

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