CAREER

Paramedics

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$36,650

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+6.4% (as fast as the average)

Career

What Paramedics Do

Administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.

Other Job Titles Paramedics May Have

First Responder, Flight Paramedic, Paramedic

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Paramedic ,

St. Charles County Ambulance District

I have two jobs. The first is a 911 shift. I go into work at 6am to start my 24-hour shift. I get a run-down from the shift before me. Then we'll go through the truck to make sure everything is stocked. We check other equipment like our radios and iPad, which we use for dispatch. After that, we do chores and hang out at the station until we get our first 911 call. My second job is a transfers shift. I transfer patients from hospital to hospital or hospital to home after being discharged.

Paramedic ,

Advance

I start by going through my check-offs for medications, supplies, and equipment. Throughout the day, I do basic transfers. I get to know the patient and learn about their diagnosis. I also do critical care transports. For example, I may take someone on a ventilator from one hospital to another, making sure their breath and heart rates are normal while keeping them hooked up to monitors. I also get emergency calls from people who have fallen, had a stroke or seizure, or taken too much medication.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures.
  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge.
  • Comfort and reassure patients.

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