Considering a Career as a CRNA?

Career as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
In United States, anesthesia services are administered by two types of providers:
1. Anesthesiologist
2. Certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)
Anesthesiologists are the physicians who have completed medical school, a clinical base year residency and three years as a resident in an anesthesia program.
A CRNA must have a master’s degree in nurse anesthesia. Students must have a bachelor’s degree, current license as a registered nurse and at least one year of experience in an acute care setting such as a hospital to enter a CRNA program. Most CRNA programs last from two to three years. In addition to the educational program, the CRNA must pass a certification exam after graduation and be recertified every two years. CRNAs may work in hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, the offices of surgeons or other doctors, or in the U.S. military.
There are currently 34,180 Nurse Anesthetists. A CRNA can even earn more than a primary care physician with a fraction of the education and training. The job opportunities are excellent because employing CRNAs is very cost-effective for hospitals.  A hospital has to spend about 2-3 times more money to employ anesthesiologists rather than a CRNA. Therefore, the demand for CRNAs will only going to increase.
Salaries of CRNA vary greatly by region, type of facility, number of years in practice and sub-specialty. The average salary of a Nurse Anesthetist is $148,160. Entry-level wages average between $75,000 and $105,810. By 2011, the average salary for CRNAs had risen to nearly $169,000 annually. Male CRNAs made $171,700 in 2011, while women in the profession earned $160,680. CRNAs with less than five years of experience earned $154,674, while those with six to 12 years of experience earned $170,950. CRNAs with more than 12 years of experience earned an average of $176,468. Hospitals and health care industries usually hire certified registered nurse anesthetist as a permanent or a reserve candidate. The permanent nurses earn $140,000 on an average; whereas the reserve/part time nurses earn $100,000 per year. The current trend suggests that male CRNAs form the majority of the benefiters. They earn $45,000 more than female counterparts as of April, 2013.
Under developed areas present highly profitable careers for a certified registered nurse anesthetist. The residential status of a CRNA also determines how much they make per year mainly because of flexibility and availability.
Certified registered nurse anesthetist who have had more education related to nursing have a better chance of landing a high paying job than the others. This when combined with experience provides impetus for an increment. The employer also considers the work ethics and the college from which the nurse attained her certification.