Emergency medical technicians (EMT) help patients move to healthcare facilities in the case of an emergency. They are distinct from medical transporters in that emergency medical technicians are the team dispatched if a patient is in critical condition and 9-1-1 has been dialed. If necessary, emergency medical technicians can perform certain emergency procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to prevent death or further injury. An aging population with high rates of chronic health problems continues to drive some demand for all healthcare professionals.
Have you ever thought about saving lives with a new EMT job? Companies in your area are hiring EMTs on Glassdoor for a variety of ambulance and hospital jobs. With a nationally recognized EMT-Basic certification, you might be able to start an exciting new career as an emergency department tech, working on an ambulance, or as an entry-level firefighter.
If you're a newly minted emergency medical technician, there are a lot of career paths potentially open to you. Some people get their first job in the field during training as a disabled ride or paratransit driver for people with disabilities. With additional training and some experience, you can transition pretty naturally into a paramedic job, which might still be on the ambulance or even aboard a helicopter. Many registered nurses got started in allied health as EMTs as well.
As part of your job search, try filtering for entry-level positions, or if you have some experience, you might look for supervisory jobs as an EMT. Most emergency services jobs are full-time, though you can also try looking for part-time work in the field if that suits you better. Once you find a promising lead, be sure to look up some of the most common EMT interview questions.
No matter what stage of the hiring process you're in, it's a tremendous help if you have a clear idea of what a realistic EMT salary looks like. Here's how to know what your ballpark salary as an EMT should be:
There's more to an EMT job than just your base salary. You might also enjoy some unexpected perks that go with the position, such as:
Your benefits are likely to be a lot better if you work for a government agency, such as your local fire department or the National Parks Service.