Forgive the ignorance, I am merely a lowly medical student at this point in my career...but why do anesthesiologists make so much money? I am not saying that it is easy...but I have heard it described as 95% boredom and 5% terror/excitement. I realize that it can be stressful b/c if you make a mistake someone could literally die, but I just can't figure out why anesthesiologists are paid so well. As an adendum, does anyone see the salaries of anesthesiologists decreasing (I realize that all physician salaries will probably decrease across the board once we get socialized medicine) relative to other physicians? I just can't figure out why everyone doesn't want to do Anesthesiology? Maybe I am just one of those strange people who is fascinated by pharmacology and physiology and the pharmacodynamics of drugs, so it is the perfect fit for me...and as a bonus, you get paid extremely well. Thanks for the information.