Emergency Medical Technicians

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), respond to medical emergencies to provide immediate treatment for ill or injured persons both on the scene and during transport to a medical facility. They function as part of an emergency medical team, and the range of medical services they perform varies according to their level of training and certification. There are approximately 232,860 emergency medical technicians employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Respond to medical emergencies to provide immediate treatment for sick or injured persons both on the scene and during transport to a medical facility
Alternate Title(s) Paramedic
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Part-time, summer, or volunteer work job in a hospital or clinic
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • EMT-Paramedic, or EMT Supervisor, or Operations Manager
  • EMT-Advanced
  • EMT-Basic