There are currently an estimated 33,000 anesthesiologists in the United States. The anesthesiologist job market is expected to grow by 15.5% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are anesthesiologists?

CareerExplorer rates anesthesiologists with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 6,200 anesthesiologists. That number is based on 5,100 additional anesthesiologists, and the retirement of 1,100 existing anesthesiologists.

Are anesthesiologists in demand?

Overall demand for anesthesiologists is projected to be moderate; however, those willing to work in rural communities will encounter better job prospects. As is the case for most medical professions, growth of the occupation may be affected by changes in insurance companies’ health coverage policies. Simply stated, higher out-of-pocket costs may prevent patients from seeking services, particularly elective procedures, and may potentially reduce the need for medical practitioners in general. On the other hand, evolving technology may allow for treatment of previously untreatable conditions and consequently increase both the number of surgeries and the number of employment opportunities for anesthesiologists. While most anesthesiologists work in hospitals or surgical outpatient clinics, positions also exist with research institutions to study and improve anesthesia procedures, monitoring guidelines, and equipment. In addition, as people live longer, more active lives and refuse to accept pain as a natural part of aging, some anesthesiologists are entering the growing field of pain management medicine.

What’s the supply of anesthesiologists?

The anesthesiologist industry is concentrated in Texas, California, Florida

Anesthesiologist job market by state

State Name Employed Anesthesiologists
Texas 4,440
California 3,080
Florida 1,570
New York 1,410
Ohio 1,260
Arizona 1,030
Indiana 940
Missouri 840
Pennsylvania 810
Massachusetts 780
Wisconsin 760
Georgia 750
Kentucky 600
Michigan 580
Colorado 540
Oregon 510
Connecticut 510
Alabama 470
New Jersey 410
Utah 410
Nevada 400
Minnesota 310
Louisiana 310
West Virginia 240
New Hampshire 230
North Carolina 220
Idaho 210
Kansas 210
North Dakota 200
Maine 170
District of Columbia 140
Nebraska 130
Vermont 90
New Mexico 80
Mississippi 80
Rhode Island 60
Wyoming 50
South Dakota 30