Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are emergency medical care professionals who specialize in recognizing and assessing medical emergencies and in rendering care at the scene of an emergency, in an advanced life support ambulance, and in other appropriate settings, including hospital emergency departments and intensive care units.TCC programs that are right for you:Healthcare Programs
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians work inside and outside. They are often required to kneel or bend to tend to patients and do considerable heavy lifting. Because emergency services are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, paramedics may have unusual work hours. The work is physically strenuous and can be stressful when encountering life-or-death situations and suffering patients. However it may also be very rewarding and exciting, and provides an opportunity to help people and even save lives.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment for paramedics and emergency medicial technicians is projected to grow 33 percent between 2010 and 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As aging members of the Baby Boom generation become more likely to have medical emergencies, demand will increase for paramedics.
Career information courtesy of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook.