Careers in Emergency Medical Services
What will I do on the job?
As members of the emergency medical services system, EMTs respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and transport patients to appropriate medical facilities.
What skills will I use on the job?
EMTs use communications skills in person, via radio and in writing. A solid foundation in the basic elements of emergency pre-hospital care is developed and is required to make sound judgments in critical circumstances. Duties include, but are not limited to, patient assessment, airway and ventilation management, CPR, bleeding control, bandaging and splinting, administration of certain medications, and even the use of automated external defibrillators. EMTs also help with childbirth, cardiac, respiratory and endocrine emergencies, behavioral problems, extrication, and lifting and moving patients under the authority of an approved medical director.
How much can I earn?
Wages vary greatly, depending upon the type of agency.
Who will hire me?
EMTs are employed by numerous agencies, both public and private, emergency and non-emergency. These may include ambulance companies, fire departments, recreational facilities, law enforcement, hospitals, educational institutions, care centers, search and rescue squads, transfer services and others. Positions range from volunteer services to part- and full-time employment.