As a paramedic, providing transportation by ambulance or helicopter, you must be able to practice at all levels of pre-hospital care. First-aid, CPR and IV use are requisite skills and you must also be trained to use medical equipment like automatic and manual defibrillators plus administer medication. Paramedics often work as teams, sharing responsibilities between transportation & patient care. Other opportunities for paramedics include emergency helicopter flight crews and emergency services managers, supervisors and directors.
A paramedic license must be earned through school at the certificate or associates degree level through the completion of a nationally accredited paramedic program. Paramedic tasks, responsibilities and required certifications can vary from state to state.
How long is Paramedic Training?
EMT training is around 120 to 150 hours and normally takes about 6 months to complete. Most people work as EMTs to get additional experience before undergoing over 1,000 hours of training required to become a paramedic.
- All State Career
- New England Institute of Technology
- Fortis Institute
- Florida Career College
- Southern Technical College
- Remington College
How much do paramedics make? “The median annual wage for EMTs and paramedics was $33,380 in May 2017. … The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,880, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56,990.”