As an emergency medical technician or paramedic you will find yourself in a rewarding career where people's lives may depend on your skills. EMTs and paramedic are often part of an emergency response team dispatched by 911 operators. They usually work closely with experienced police and fire department personnel. Quick thinking and care of injures may be necessary in treating varied incidents such as automobile accidents, drownings, shootings, heart attacks and other situations that may require immediate medical attention.
To become an EMT or paramedic you must undergo formal training and certification. Paramedic technology programs usually last up to 2 years resulting in an associate degree in applied science. This education will prepare graduates to take the NREMT examination to become certified as an EMT-Paramedic.
Due to population growth and rapid urbanization, the demand for EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow faster than average in the coming years. Opportunities for most EMTs and paramedics are expected to arise mainly in hospitals and ambulance services. Opportunities will be best for those who have advanced certifications.