LP Research Resources September 28, 2016

Career Profile: Emergency Medical Services Personnel

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics are essential aspects of emergency care, as well as a rapidly growing employment that stayed a steady employment opportunity, even during the past recession.

Often the first trained personnel on a scene requiring instant and often urgent medical attention, a skilled EMS responder will be critical when responding to events like accidents, catastrophes, and medical or health issues. They furnish on location care, while making the upmost effort to stabilize the individual needing health-related/medical attention. Without immediate attention and care, a patient’s future health, and even survival, could be at risk.

This highly valued profession requires the potential employee to begin their education with a high school diploma. Anyone interested in this type of career must then attend a training program, and one that is certified by the state in which they want to be employed. One does not need a college degree to enroll, however, often the advanced levels of licensing do require a degree.  All states in the United States require this training and education, but the amount of each can vary depending upon the region or state. As with most any profession, the higher the level of training and education, the better the chance one has of becoming employed.

There are many things to consider beyond education.  One should be physically fit; above average in this area is best, due to lifting heavy loads, running, and performing demanding tasks. In addition, a calm personality, the capacity for quick, rational thinking, and an ability to withstand challenging and often inhospitable situations and conditions are necessary character traits.

It is a worthy, rewarding career; yet one that requires  much more than learning basic first aid and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation). If this base overview leaves you wanting to learn more, read our articles and find out how to begin your training. And don’t miss reviewing the important training tips BEFORE you begin the courses.