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EMTs and paramedics held about 201,000 jobs in 2006. Most career EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls per month. About 30 percent of EMTs or paramedics belong to a union.

Paid EMTs and paramedics were employed in a number of industries. About 4 out of 10 worked as employees of private ambulance services. About 3 out of 10 worked in local government for fire departments, public ambulance services, and emergency medical services. Another 2 out of 10 worked full time in hospitals within the medical facility or responded to calls in ambulances or helicopters to transport critically ill or injured patients. The remainder worked in various industries providing emergency services.

Job Outlook

Employment for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. Job prospects should be good, particularly in cities and private ambulance services.

Employment change. Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow by 19 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Full-time paid EMTs and paramedics will be needed to replace unpaid volunteers. It is becoming increasing difficult for emergency medical services to recruit and retain unpaid volunteers because of the amount of training and the large time commitment these positions require. As a result, more paid EMTs and paramedics are needed. Furthermore, as a large segment of the population—aging members of the baby boom generation—becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand will increase for EMTs and paramedics. There also will still be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas.

Job prospects. Job prospects should be favorable. Many job openings will arise from growth and from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation because of the limited potential for advancement, as well as the modest pay and benefits in private-sector jobs.

Job opportunities should be best in private ambulance services. Competition will be greater for jobs in local government, including fire, police, and independent third-service rescue squad departments which tend to have better salaries and benefits. EMTs and paramedics who have advanced education and certifications, such as Paramedic level certification, should enjoy the most favorable job prospects as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.

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  • Employment is projected to grow faster than the average as paid positions replace unpaid volunteers.
  • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics need formal training and certification, but requirements vary by State.
  • Emergency services function 24 hours a day so emergency medical technicians and paramedics have irregular working hours.
  • Opportunities will be best for those who have earned advanced certifications.

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Airway Management Part 1 
This EMS online course is the first of a two-part series and covers anatomy and physiology, assessment, and management of the airway.

Airway Management Part 2 
Part two of a two-part series on airway, this course covers trauma intubation and pediatric intubation. Alternative airways are presented along with information on oxygen and ventilation devices.

Acute Coronary Syndromes
This EMS Online course focuses on how an acute coronary syndrome develops, what factors to consider during assessment, and what treatment options are appropriate for a patient with an acute coronary event.

Behavioral Emergencies
This EMS Online course provides information on assessing and managing a behavioral emergency. Topics include pathophysiology, common disorders, assessment techniques and management considerations.

Allergies and Anaphylaxis 
This course presents important information about the assessment and care of a patient with an allergic reaction. Key elements of this lesson include the physiology of the immune system, progression of an allergic reaction, clinical presentation of an allergic reaction, and proper field treatment.

Neurological Emergencies
This EMS Online module discusses neurologic emergencies including epidemiology, pathophysiology and clinical presentations. For each emergency, the learner will be given an overview of effective pre-hospital assessment and management.

Blunt Thoracic Trauma 
This EMS Online course presents information on the epidemiology and pathophysiology of blunt thoracic trauma, followed by discussion of a standard assessment and management approach to this type of injury.

Blunt Trauma 
This EMS CE course presents patients who have experienced blunt trauma from causes such as vehicular collisions, falls, and assault. It also reviews the kinematics of trauma.

Common Drugs of Abuse 
This EMS continuing education course discusses the presentations and treatments of the common substances of abuse. Particular attention is paid to the myriad of complications to the most commonly abused substance: alcohol.

Complications of Pregnancy
This course presents a vast amount of information about key terminology, drug names and sources, reference materials, medication preparations, and a host of other factors important to all healthcare providers.

Crime Scene Awareness 
This course reviews how to correctly assess and approach a crime scene, while maintaining personal safety.

General Pharmacology 
This course presents a vast amount of information about key terminology, drug names and sources, reference materials, medication preparations, and a host of other factors important to all healthcare providers.

This EMS Online course provides a comprehensive view of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) including transmission, clinical manifestation, routes of exposure and key actions to take when exposed.

Patient Assessment
This EMS continuing education module provides caregivers with insight into performing an effective patient assessment. Performing an initial assessment, gathering a history and conducting the physical examination are all elements of this course.

Penetrating Trauma 
This course provides the information that healthcare providers should know and be able to apply when faced with a patient that has been shot, stabbed or impaled.

Pediatric Assessment 1 
This EMS Online course is part one of a two-part series on assessing pediatric patients. The first module is designed to help healthcare providers with aspects of patient assessment within the unique requirements of the pediatric population.

Pediatric Assessment 2 
In part two of a two-part series on pediatric assessment, healthcare providers learn how to gather an appropriate history and conduct an effective physical examination for pediatric patients.

Penetrating Thoracic Trauma 
This pre-hospital EMS continuing education module teaches the essential information for assessing and managing a patient with penetrating thoracic trauma.

Respiratory Emergencies 
This module presents the pathophysiology for common respiratory ailments. Overall epidemiology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, along with assessment and management guidelines are included.

Soft Tissue Trauma 
This course module offers information related to assessing and caring for soft tissue injuries. These injuries range from minor abrasions to major amputations. Pre-hospital providers are regularly called to care for these types of injuries.

Stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability and the third leading cause of death in the United States. In this module, pre-hospital providers will learn the epidemiology, pathophysiology and common clinical presentations for this devastating disease. 

Spinal Trauma 
This EMS Online course reviews the anatomy of the spine, and pathophysiology of spinal injury, including how to recognize a spinal injury, prevent further injury and provide proper care.

Toxicology 1 
A medical emergency arises when a patient is exposed to a toxin in an amount that is sufficient to disrupt normal function. In this course module, toxicologic emergencies and their management in the pre-hospital environment are discussed.

Toxicology 2
This EMS continuing education course is the second in a two-part series focusing on toxicological emergencies and how best to handle them in the pre-hospital environment. Learners will be presented with information on specific toxins, hymenoptera stings, snake bites and marine animal envenomations. Assessment and management for each emergency is taught within the course.

Traumatic Brain Injury
This course examines how to recognize severe injuries affecting the brain, and the proper care and transport a patient with this form of injury

Water Emergencies 
This continuing education module discusses near-drowning, drowning and diving emergencies associated with either fixed containment or open bodies of water. Clinical complications for these types of emergencies will be presented along with their unique assessment and management considerations.

Abdominal Trauma 
This course focuses on abdominal trauma and provides an in-depth look at epidemiology, pathophysiology as well as pre-hospital assessment and management.

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