Anaesthetic Technicians prepare and maintain anaesthetic equipment for operating theatres or clinics, and assist Anaesthetists during anaesthetic procedures.
Operates equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and in anaesthesia.
Undertakes and assists with medical analytical procedures and assists anaesthetists and surgical teams.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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Earnings and hours
Around 74% of people employed as Anaesthetic Technicians work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 8 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 42 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Anaesthetic Technicians work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Anaesthetic Technicians||All Jobs Average|
Around 71% of Anaesthetic Technicians live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.
Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Anaesthetic Technicians is 45 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 53% of the workforce. This is 5 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Anaesthetic Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||2.6||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A diploma in anaesthetic technology or paramedical science is usually needed to work as an Anaesthetic Technician. Some workers have a university qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Anaesthetic Technicians||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||20.8||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||0.5||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Reading work related information.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Talking to others.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
52%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Looking for ways to help people.
50%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
48%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
48%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Teaching people how to do something.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Using maths to solve problems.
41%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
67%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
60%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
48%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
44%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
40%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
35%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
34%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
29%Philosophy and theology
Philosophical systems and religions, including their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and impact on society.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
27%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
26%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
26%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Listen to and understand what people say.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Read and understand written information.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Communicate by speaking.
54%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
54%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Write in a way that people can understand.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
84%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
81%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
76%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
76%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
73%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
71%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
69%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
68%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
67%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
66%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
65%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
65%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
64%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
63%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.
60%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
58%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
56%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
49%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
48%Estimating amounts, costs and resources
Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
98%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
97%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
97%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
96%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk with people face-to-face.
Work with people in a group or team.
90%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
Talk on the telephone.
88%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
87%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
85%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
83%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
80%Wear specialized protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection.
79%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
79%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
78%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
78%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
78%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
Be exposed to radiation.
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