Excellent. Here's why:
1. Anesthesia practices are rapidly moving from anesthesiologist-owned or hospital-employed groups to corporate model anesthesia management companies. Even on the West Coast, where anesthesiologist-only practices (I am talking outside the Kaiser or University settings) have been the norm, the model is changing to mixed-practice CRNA-anesthesiologist. It is just not economically feasible, nor is it necessary, to have an anesthesiologist do his/her own cases.
2. AAs numbers have increased, certainly, but they will never have the presence that CRNAs do. Never. They will remain a regional entity for the forseeable future, with a bit of push into areas where anesthesiologist AND program AND practice AND legislation support is strong. The AANA is a political powerhouse. CRNAs are sole providers in many rural facilities, and those facilities are subsidized with tax dollars to use a CRNA. CRNAs can practice independently. AAs cannot.
3 There is a large cohort of experienced CRNAs that are: ready to retire, disillusioned with the career, transitioning to part-time/prn, moving into pain practices, management, etc. Some of these got caught short by the recession in the mid-2000s and had to work longer than they anticipated. They are old and tired. Whatever the reason, they are moving away from the head of the bed, and the arrival of anesthesia management companies is expediting their exit.
4. Competition will remain for the choicest positions in desirable geographic locales with great working environments. But the days of making 200k+ clocking <40 as a staff CRNA in a cupcake gig in paradise are over....same goes for anesthesiologists, who were once making 400-500k for sitting in the lounge in those same places.
5. Understand the economics of health care. Surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry in this country. It is typically a revenue-generating department (when well-managed) for a facility. Follow the money.
So go for it. The jobs will be there. Just do it for the RIGHT reasons.