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What Is an Emergency Medical Technician?

So, you are thinking about a career as an emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic.

Well, that’s awesome!

The question is, do you have what it takes?

Keep reading to find out more…

If you are interested in becoming an emergency medical technician, you are in good company. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the workforce is made up of 248,000 EMTs and paramedics in the United States.

So, is there any room left for you?

Great question!

And the answer is yes.

Employment of emergency medical technicians is projected to grow by 15% percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Growth will occur for a number of reasons.

Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics. The need for volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.

Growth in the middle-aged and older population will lead to an increase in age-related health emergencies, such as heart attacks and strokes. This increase, in turn, will create a higher demand for EMT and paramedic services. An increase in the number of specialized medical facilities will require more EMTs and paramedics to transfer patients with specific conditions to these facilities for treatment.

Who is becoming an emergency medical technician?

According to bostonglobe.com, the emergency medical technicians and paramedics workforce is 35.7% female and 64.3% female.

What personal qualities and characteristics make a good EMT and paramedic?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the following qualities are important to have as an EMT and paramedic:

  • Compassion. EMTs and paramedics must be able to provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.
  • Interpersonal skills. EMTs and paramedics usually work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.
  • Listening skills. EMTs and paramedics need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.
  • Physical strength. EMTs and paramedics need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.
  • Problem-solving skills. EMTs and paramedics must evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer appropriate treatments.
  • Speaking skills. EMTs and paramedics need to clearly explain procedures to patients, give orders, and relay information to others.

The bottom line: If becoming an EMT or paramedic is something you feel passionately about, the one word of advice we will give you is: Go for it!