Anaesthetic Technician

What do they do?

Anaesthetic Technicians prepare operating theatres and clinics for anaesthetic procedures (that's the stuff that puts you to sleep so they can operate on you).

They also sometimes help out the anaesthetists when giving anaesthesia in places like radiology or emergency departments.

Their role is very important as mistakes can cost lives. They need to maintain, check and prepare all the equipment and meet patients and explain procedures to them.

What would I get out of this job?

There is a shortage of Anaesthetic Technician's in New Zealand, so you will be in hot demand! You can also earn while you learn so you won’t be eating 2 minute noodles with all the other med students!

You also get a career at the end of it all, where you can make a difference by helping people feel comfortable when they feel vulnerable.

How do I get this job?

You need to complete a Diploma in Applied Science while you are working in a hospital. Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is the only NZ University that offers this course and it will take 3 years to complete and involves 6,240 hours of on-the-job training.

If you are interested in becoming an Anaesthetic Technician then approach your local hospital for information on their training programmes —training positions aren't always advertised.

Check out
Lauren's profile to see what it's really like on the job.  You can also check out the role of a Anaesthetic Technician on TV2's "Just the Job".

Subjects to consider:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Remember: always check the entry criteria for any course of study.  Some subjects you definitely need, other subjects may be helpful.

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