What does an EMT 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.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an EMT make near United States?

$47,296 /yr
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EMT Career Path

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EMT Insights

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St. Francis Regional Medical CenterSt. Francis Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Dec 4, 2021

“My very first preceptor (trainer) was really nice and I learned a lot from her.”

Brewster AmbulanceBrewster Ambulance
Feb 17, 2023

“Starting as a new EMT this is a great way to get a field for private EMS”

Eagle AmbulanceEagle Ambulance
Jun 14, 2023

“Josh and Allan are amazing and I have worked with so many great EMTs and nurses during my time at Eagle.”

Weiss Memorial HospitalWeiss Memorial Hospital
Emergency Room Technician
Dec 30, 2021

“If you're just starting out this is a great place to start your career.”

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.”

Eagle AmbulanceEagle Ambulance
Sep 30, 2021

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

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Nov 16, 2021

“The pay for 24 hours would be 14 an hour and if it was a 12 hour day then it would be 18.”

AdventHealth OrlandoAdventHealth Orlando
Director of Emergency Services
Sep 12, 2021

“The quality of the people who work here are top notch and some of the best people you could work with.”

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The most similar professions to EMT are:
  • Medical Assistant
  • Patient Care Professional
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Paramedic

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Medical Assistant
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Patient Care Professional
Certified Nursing Assistant
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