EMT Paramedic

As an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic, you’ll respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities, often in life-saving situations.


$24,805 - $42,531

You’ll typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and CPR certification to enter a non-degree, 1-2 year emergency medical technology program. Paramedics may need to complete an associate degree.

You’ll need strong communication and problem-solving skills to evaluate patients and administer appropriate treatment, often in a stressful team environment. You’ll have to remain calm while providing emotional support to patients during potentially life-threatening emergencies. EMTs and paramedics also need to be physically fit as the job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.

At this stage of your career you’ll typically be providing immediate medical attention in a variety of emergency situations, including car and other accidents, natural disasters and in-home health failures. You’ll also transport patients to hospitals or other medical facilities as needed.

You may want to pursue additional training to become a paramedic. Paramedics can provide more extensive care than EMTs, including giving medications orally and intravenously, intubating patients, interpreting EKGs and providing other advanced life-support services.

After ten years, you may choose to pursue more advanced career opportunities by completing further education and training, or seeking out organizational or management-level positions.


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