The Carrer of a Paramedic

By: Lisette Hotz

Job Description

A paramedic is the leader on an ambulance team. They rank above EMT's and need to be able to stay calm and lead they're team. They give specific instructions and assess the condition of the patient. They also help perform life saving proceedures along side their team.

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
  • Adaptability
  • Healthy and physically fit
  • Endurance
  • Iron stomach

Annual Salary

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.
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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

Employment Avaliability

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.