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AA long-term job security? (Need insight, not looking to start an argument!)

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by IrishTwins, May 14, 2008.

  1. IrishTwins

    IrishTwins 7+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Okay, so I know this is likely to start an argument, but I really hope it doesn't.

    I was considering medical school very strongly, but have decided that because I'm already 22 and still have a couple of years before I get my bachelor's, and I already have two young children, medical school is just not a commitment of time, money, or energy that I can reasonably make.

    I still love science, however, and anatamy and physiology... I'm considering AA as a possible career choice.

    My only concern is job security. With the strong resistance from CRNA's, and the relative ignorance or fear regarding AA's and hiring them - is it possibly that as an AA, I might find myself out of a job several years down the road?

    Also, if that were to happen - JWK maybe you can help here - would there be any other employment opportunities, or would the coursework for the AA transfer to any other masters, or even possibly medical school?

    Last, with the competition between CRNA's and AA's, the income is bound to decrease at some point. If this happens, what do you think the worst case scenario would be? (i.e. 50,000 versus 100+?)

    Thanks in advance.

    ETA: JWK - How difficult is it to find employment as an AA currently?
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  3. urge

    urge 10+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    Plenty of jobs in Georgia. Should be the same in other states where AAs are licensed. AA does exactly the same job as a directed CRNA. As long as anesthetists are needed, you will find a job.
  4. IrishTwins

    IrishTwins 7+ Year Member

    Jan 4, 2008
    Good to hear! Thanks.
  5. usnavdoc

    usnavdoc Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    50K sign on bonus here at emory in atlanta.
  6. goodoc

    goodoc Banned

    Jan 28, 2008
    May be limited geographically but should still find a good job.
  7. sevo85288

    sevo85288 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    AAs will be common in many states. It takes time to push through the legal process. CA will have them in a few years. Many state societies are pushing to have them. Stay tuned. Future is bright.
  8. Taurus

    Taurus Paul Revere of Medicine 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Docs like team players.

    PA's and AA's are team players.

    Future is bright.

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