This high-pressure, fast-paced job requires “physical and emotional toughness, confidence, composure” and an ability “to treat patients of all ages and a nearly infinite variety of conditions and degrees of illness” – often before even being sure of the diagnosis. Gross take home pay? An average of $325,103. Anesthesiology requires an “ability to perform under pressure, to think quickly in stressful situations, to use your hands and to work in a team.” Anesthesiologists work in operating rooms, intensive care units, maternity wards and pain clinics. In 2011/12, they grossed, on average, $338,355. The revised specialty profiles come on the heels of an unprecedented job crunch in a growing number of specialties. According to a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada employment survey in 2013, 16 per cent of new specialists and sub-specialists reported being unable to secure employment, compared to 7.1 per cent of all Canadians. It’s a situation once unheard of, says Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, president of the CMA. Several factors are driving the unemployment and under-employment rate among doctors. New doctors are competing for fewer resources, the college says.