The Carrer of a Paramedic
By: Lisette Hotz
What it takes to become an Emergency Care Giver
Taking care of people in critical need takes many personal qualities and skills including...
- Compassion and empathy
- Highly developed communication skills
- Ability to deal with high pressure situations
- Ability to follow specific instructions
- Emotionally stable
- Healthy and physically fit
- Iron stomach
The average paramedic can make up to 40,500 dollars a year, but the median amount is 30,700 dollars.
Education and Training
Before becoming a paramedic you must earn an EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate, which only takes about six months. Then you must take the state exam for a certification and then become licensed, but undergoing more advanced medical training can take up to two or three more year. Or you could also earn your associates degree. To become paramedic you can attend community college or university.
A day on the job
A day as a paramedic would include...
- Answering hundreds of emergency phone calls
- Assisting patients
- Perform cardiac support for heart attack victims
- Perform CPR
- Stabilize broken bones
- Resuscitate drowning victims
- Loading ambulance with medical supplies
- Reports on condition of patients
- 24-48 hour shifts
Top Medical Universities
#1- Hraverd University, Boston MA
#2- Stanford University, Standord CA
#3- John Hopkins University, Baltimore MD
Paramedics and EMT's are critical to the world we live in. There are constant accidents and people that need immediate health attention. Nothing can replace a human health professional. In addition there are a shortage of nurses in the U.S. so many paramedics need to be hired to fill in those gaps.