What does an Emergency Medical Tech do?

Emergency medical technicians are healthcare professionals who provide urgent medical treatment, typically in an ambulance or at the site of an accident or other emergency. They generally do not have the level of advanced training as a paramedic, although in some settings the two titles may be used interchangeably. They serve as first responders and perform initial assessments, while also providing immediate basic care such as supplying oxygen or addressing wounds and other serious injuries. Their objective is to stabilize patients or provide critical care until the patient can be transported to a medical facility.

Emergency medical technicians have completed an EMT training and certification program, and must have a valid EMT license, along with BLS certification and any other required credentials. They must be able to remain calm and focused in stressful situations.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Emergency Medical Tech Basic Salaries

Average Base Pay

$34,173 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Emergency Medical Tech Career Path

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Emergency Medical Tech Insights

Read what Emergency Medical Tech professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Jan 17, 2021

“There were some people who weren’t my favorite to work with but everyone else was great”

Signature Ambulance
Jul 18, 2019

“Opportunities for promotion if you are full time (none if you are part time).”

UM St. Joseph Medical CenterUM St. Joseph Medical Center
Emergency Room Technician
Apr 14, 2021

“It’s a good place to start but I definitely don’t see much career growth here.”

American Medical ResponseAmerican Medical Response
Emergency Medical Technician Basic
Jul 27, 2020

“Pay is the lowerst in the country but we get great bonuses for doing our job.”

US Census BureauUS Census Bureau
Non-Response Followup Enumerator
Jan 13, 2021

“Census Field Supervisor was great recognized extra work done to increase completions @ faster rate.”

Virginia Hospital CenterVirginia Hospital Center
Emergency Medical Technician
Mar 29, 2020

“Parking was sometimes difficult if i worked during midday shifts but thats just any busy hospital.”

Eagle AmbulanceEagle Ambulance
Sep 30, 2021

“Eagle has one of the best management teams I've had the pleasure of working under in EMS.”

AAA Ambulance
Jun 26, 2021

“we have great hours and bosses”

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