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Fastest Growing First Response Careers

FireLink and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics


9% Projected Job Increase
19,300 New Jobs
Average Salary (2008): $16.19/hour

What’s Ahead

Many job openings will arise from growth and from the need to replace unpaid volunteers with full-time paid EMTs and paramedics. Emergency medical service agencies find it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain unpaid volunteers because of the amount of training and the large time commitment these positions require. As a result, more paid EMTs and paramedics are needed.

Competition will be greater for jobs in local government, including fire, police, and independent third-service rescue squad departments that tend to have better salaries and benefits. EMTs and paramedics who have advanced education and certifications should enjoy the most favorable job prospects, as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.

Specialized Degrees

A high school diploma is usually required to enter a formal emergency medical technician training program. Training is offered at progressive levels: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and Paramedic.

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