Congratulations you passed…now go get a job

get-a-marketing-job-inboundCongratulations! You passed your Anesthesiology Board Exam. You’ve worked your butt off, used Rock the Boards to help you get there, and now you have approximately 7 minutes to rest on your laurels before you have to start thinking about a job.
The good news is, according to a 2010 Study by the RAND Corporation commissioned by the ASA there will be shortage of between 4500 and 12,500 Anesthesiologists by 2020 (depending on annual growth between 1.6 and 3 percent)
“The projected shortage of anesthesiologists suggests that this country will soon face a gap in anesthesiology services that is just as important to Americans’ health as the projected physician gap for primary care services,” according to Mark A. Warner, MD, ASA president-elect at the time of the study’s release. 
Although there haven’t been any follow-ups from the ASA to confirm this, a recent study by the recruitment firm of Merritt Hawkins has offered evidence that the trend is indeed accurate. “It is a mistake to believe that physician shortages are confined to primary care.  Specialists also are in short supply,” said the company’s senior vice president, Travis Singleton. Now guess which specialty ranked in the top 20 recruitment searches…We’re guessing you’re feeling pretty good about your choices and chances right about now. To make you feel even better the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) published a report which projects a shortage of between 30 and 70,000 Physicians in all specialties by 2030, and yes, that includes Anesthesiologists.
If you’re interested in knowing why, the reason is predominantly changing demographics. Patients are getting older and more Physicians are retiring than entering the workforce. All this means that you should find the job market quite receptive, it also means that with more options you have more choices. If you always wanted to live in New York City or your significant other is pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles, chances are pretty good you’ll be able to write your own ticket. Conversely, if you really want to stay where you are, you will likely have options in your own backyard. If you are willing to move, but are concerned about the expense, relax, in a crowded market job offers often include moving expenses and other incentives.

The easiest way to get started is probably by using an internet search tool. According to the largest concentrations of available positions are in Texas, California, Florida, New York, Ohio and Arizona. Current demand is rated “moderate” but an increase in demand of over 15% is expected in the next decade. More statistics are available here. had 382 Anesthesiology jobs listed around the country as of this writing. had 307 jobs listed around the country as of this writing. had 2341 jobs listed around the country as of this writing, salaries averaged about 350k.
Another option is enlisting the aid of a recruiter or headhunter. They are typically paid for by the employer and offer some advantages…
  • Saves you the time of searching yourself. 
  • Will follow your parameters to present only vetted offers.
  • Match your work, ethic, approach and style, as well as your skills.
  • Help “sell” you to a prospective employer.
  • Keep your search confidential.
The bottom line is that your hard work and commitment are about to literally pay off. Remember, don’t live to work…work to live, match your job to the lifestyle you want, not vice versa, you’re going to be under enough stress, if you don’t want to live in Louisiana (and who can blame you) don’t live in Louisiana. Take your time, weigh out your options and try to have fun.

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