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EMS & Paramedic

Earnings Potential

Salaries vary greatly in the EMS & paramedic field, depending on your certifications, experience, and location. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annually earning of EMS & paramedics were $25,300. The middle 50 percent earned between $19,970 and $33,210. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $16,090, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $43,240.

Facts at a Glance

  • EMS workers can work an unbalance set of hours because emergency service facilities are open 24 hours a day.
  • Before you can become an EMT or paramedic, you have to become have formal training and be certified.
  • Paid emergency medical technicians are replacing volunteers and increasing the chance of employment.
  • First responders are trained to provide basic emergency care.

Summary of what this career entails

A career in the EMS & paramedic field can be very stressful because of all the unbalanced hours you have to work and all the traumatic things you will see. They give proper medical care and transport patients, if necessary, to emergency facilities. To be an EMS & paramedic workers you will need a high school diploma and to enter a formal training program. EMTs also work indoors and outdoors and in all types of weather. They also exposed themselves to diseases such as hepatitis-B and AIDS as well as violence from drug overdose victims. EMTs usually work about 50 hours a week.

Examples and or details of work

EMTs and paramedics are trained to manage respiratory, trauma, cardiac emergencies, and patient assessments. EMTs are employed by private ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments, public ambulance services, and medical services; they can work full-time or part-time. According to Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, EMT performs many more duties than in the past, and responds to many more types of emergency calls, for example, childbirth, child abuse, fires, psychiatric crises, and much more.

Degrees that lead to this career

The minimal level of education you can receive is a certificate. Some of the degrees and certification you can receive include:

  • Certificate in Paramedic Training
  • A.S.S. in Emergency Medical Services
  • B.S. in Health Sciences
  • B.S. in Paramedic
  • B.S. in Emergency Medical Services

Specific career openings in this field

Some of the positions available for individuals are EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT- Paramedic, supervisor, instructor, operations manager, dispatcher, administrative director, or executive director of emergency services, or a physician assistant.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics, on the Internet at

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, Emergency Medical Technician, on the Internet at