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1. Nurse anesthetists

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  • Median annual wage: $168,000
  • Median hourly wage: $81 per hour
  • Typical education needed for entry: Master’s degree
  • Projected employment growth: 16.2%
  • Total employment: 43,520

The third type of advanced practice nurse, nurse anesthetists are trained to provide anesthesia and pain management to patients undergoing surgery. The nurse anesthetist also stays with the patient for the duration of the procedure to check vitals and adjust the anesthesia if needed. Nurse anesthetists must earn a master’s degree, a license, and a certification in order to practice. In addition, certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) must take a Continued Professional Certification (CPC) Program every 4 years in order to remain active.


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