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Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

What they do:
Provide emergency care and advanced life support to people who have suffered from an illness or injury outside of a hospital and transport patients to hospitals for further care.


  • High school graduate or equivalent

  • Associates or Bachelors degree (not required, programs are available)

  • EMT training - First Aid, CPR, vital signs, etc.

  • NREMT – Paramedic certification

What they make:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for an EMT in 2015 was $31,980 per year and $15.38 per hour.

Where they work:

  • Indoors and outdoors

  • Hospitals

  • Fire departments

  • Emergency medical services

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics EMT job growth between 2014 and 2024 will be 24%, which is much faster than average for all occupations.



Updated January 2017