Have you been anticipating a career in Emergency Medical Services as an EMT for ambulatory or air transport? Now might be a good time to start looking.
What is an EMT or Paramedic?
Emergency Medical Technicians are healthcare providers of emergency medical services who are trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes. EMTs and Paramedics are usually found working on an ambulance but can also operate on fire department, police, or airborne vehicles such as helicopters.
This video shot by our media team shows how Vanderbilt LifeFlight teams up with Ambulatory, Fire, and Police EMTs to transport a trauma patient just outside of Nashville, TN.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2010 Median Pay for an EMT or Paramedic was $30,360 per year ($14.60 per hour) and required no prior work or on-the-job training. The number of jobs available was roughly 226,500. Below is their chart.
Quick Facts: EMTs and Paramedics
|2010 Median Pay||$30,360 per year
$14.60 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||226,500|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||33% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||75,400|
What EMTs and Paramedics Do
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities while working both indoors and outdoors. The work involved is physically strenuous , stressful, and sometimes life threatening. All EMTs and Paramedics are required to undergo formal training and required to obtain licenses which vary state by state.
If you are about to complete training or looking to transfer to another location, no matter where you are located, you can search for EMT or Paramedic jobs here.