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Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedic
People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.
The Job
In an emergency, EMTs and paramedics are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene, where they often work with police and fire fighters. (Police and detectives and firefighting occupations are discussed elsewhere in the Handbook.) Once they arrive, EMTs and paramedics assess the nature of the patient's condition while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions.
Work Environment
EMTs and paramedics work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. They are required to do considerable kneeling, bending, and heavy lifting.
College Majors
Not required, but majors in medicine are good.
Minimum Qualifications
All 50 States require EMTs and Paramedics to be licensed, but the levels and titles vary from State to State. In most States and the District of Columbia certification by the NREMT is required at some or all levels. Some States administer their own certification examination or provide the option of
Personality traits helpful for this career
high school diploma
Quick Facts
  • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average as paid positions replace unpaid volunteers.
  • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics need formal training and certification, but requirements vary by State.
  • Emergency services function 24 hours a day so emergency medical technicians and paramedics have irregular working hours.
  • Opportunities will be best for those who have earned advanced certifications.
  • Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location of their jobs.
Compensation and Outlook
Earnings of EMTs and paramedics depend on the employment setting and geographic location of their jobs, as well as their training and experience. Median hourly wages of EMTs and paramedics were $14.10 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.13 and $18.28. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.08, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $23.77. Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of EMTs and paramedics in May 2008 were $12.99 in other ambulato
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