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Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics

Also called: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Emergency Medical Technician, Basic (EMT, B); Flight Paramedic; Paramedic

Where in the Army? In the Army: Health Care Specialist; Special Forces Medical Sergeant

What they do:
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
On the job, you would:
  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • management
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • looking for ways to help people

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Information retrieval or search software
  • Epocrates software
  • HyperTox
Medical software
  • MedDataSolutions Regist*r

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$31,020
per year, on average
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