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 2019 median salary was $35,400 per year.                                        

Where They Work:

  • Indoors and outdoors

  • Hospitals

  • Fire departments

  • Emergency medical services

Career Outlook:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics EMT job growth between 2019 and 2029 will be 6%, which is much faster than average for all occupations.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, EMTs and Paramedics,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm (visited December 2020)

Updated December 2020