Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+15.1% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Post-Secondary Certificate


What Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Do

Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Other Job Titles Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics May Have

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Medical Technician, Basic (EMT, B), Emergency Medical Technician/Driver (EMT/DRIVER), EMT Intermediate (Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate), EMT, Paramedic (Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic), EMT/Dispatcher (Emergency Medical Technician/Dispatcher), First Responder, Flight Paramedic, Multi Care Technician (Multi Care Tech), Paramedic

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Sergeant ,


My partner and I get my truck and supplies at headquarters. We then drive to various street corners in town and wait for someone to call 911 with an emergency, and for dispatch to send us to a call. I help sick and injured people, provide medical care as well as psychological support, and transport them to the hospital. Between calls, I read, surf the internet, watch movies, eat, and talk with my partner. I meet people from all walks of life, and every day is different than the day before.

I would see a Clinic with people inside that need help. You would feel tight clothes on and long heavy boots on your feet. You would see people standing at a desk getting ready to get checked out. You would also see ocean water and smell salt water in your nose. You would hear shouting and alarms going on and off. You would feel some water come up and hit you a little. You would hear jets coming off the runway and you would see people walking around doing all kinds of things.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenish first aid equipment and supplies.
  • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.

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