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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic

Description: EMTs and Paramedics respond quickly to emergencies and care for sick and injured people while transporting them to a hospital.

Duties:

  • Respond to 911 calls
  • Assess patients condition
  • Determine/Provide treatment
  • Transport patient to hospital by ambulance
  • Report/Document observations

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Training:

EMT

  • Requires high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Completion of an EMT nondegree award program (usually anywhere from a few months up to two years in length).
  • Must pass NREMT exam to become certified. 

Paramedic

  • Requires high school diploma or equivalent and EMT certification.
  • Completion of paramedical training program (much longer than EMT program and may result in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree).
  • Pass the state licensing exam. 

Salary: $33,980 (Annual Mean Wage for Pennsylvania)

Work Environment: Ambulance, Scene of Emergency 

Job Outlook: Expected to increase by 15% from 2016 to 2026

(Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm#tab-2)