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41. Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

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Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
Median pay: $159,000
Top pay: $205,000
10-year job growth: 19.0%
Total jobs*: 55,600
What they do all day? Patients who undergo surgery have to be given anesthesia so they don't feel pain. Nurse anesthetists assess patients prior to surgery, administer anesthesia, and monitor vitals during surgery. They also oversee the patient's recovery, and ensure they are pain-free and safe. --J.A.

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Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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