What They Do:

Nurse anesthetists are advanced practice nurses who provide anesthetists for surgical, obstetrical and trauma care. They work alongside physicians and other health professionals.



Nurse anesthetists must become registered nurses (RN’s) and then complete an accredited nurse anesthesia program.


What They Make:

The 2019 annual salary was $164,030.


Where They Work:

Nurse anesthetists may work in hospitals, obstetrical delivery rooms, surgical centers, and physician offices including: dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, pain management specialists.


Career Outlook:

According to Nurse Journal, “The job outlook predicts a 31% growth over the next decade, which is a much higher rate of growth than many other occupations in the medical field and other industries across the United States.”






Updated February 2021