Paramedics are the medical workers who would involve in caring for the sick or injured people in an emergency medical setting. In simple terms, paramedics are the highest level emergency medical technicians or EMTs. These are the first people who will be seen in the place of an accident or a health emergency. Paramedic is the health care career of interest to several people due to its expected job growth percentage which is 24% by the year 2024. It’s mainly due to this reason; this career role has been included in the list of ‘Most Exciting Healthcare Jobs for 2012
Let’s see about this healthcare career in detail here…
Roles and Duties of a Paramedic:
In a given day, the roles and duties of a paramedic may include the following:
- Attending the 911 calls for medical emergencies like cardiac attacks, injuries, and so on...
- Evaluating the patients’ condition to determine the course of treatment
- Providing first aids and/or life support care to the sick and/or injured patients
- Taking patients in the ambulance safely
- Transferring patients to the emergency care units of hospitals or other healthcare facilities
- Reporting the observations and treatments of the patients to the physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.
- Documenting the medical care provided to the patients
- Replacing and cleaning the medical supplies and equipment after use.
How a paramedic is differing from the EMTs is that a paramedic can give more extensive pre-hospital care than the EMTs. In addition, paramedics could give medications both orally and intravenously. They will be able to use monitors and other complex equipment.
How to become a Paramedic?
Paramedic Career Path:
To become a paramedic, you need to gain an EMT certificate and in order to apply for this; you need to complete some paramedic training programs. You can enroll in these programs if you have completed the high school and have a current ‘CPR certification’. The instructions during these training programs will include the fundamental skills required for giving first aids. Students enrolled in these programs would learn the following things:
- Assessing patients’ conditions
- Controlling bleeding
- Managing airways
- Responding to cardiac emergencies
As such, the hands-on experience will be gained by the students in ambulances, emergency rooms, and labor wards.
Once you have the basic certificate, you need to pass the ‘EMT Licensing Exams’ after which you have to gain work experience before joining a paramedic training program. A typical training program would last one to two years and would often result in a certificate or an associate’s degree.
Job Outlook and Opportunities:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment opportunities for EMTs and Paramedics are estimated to increase by 24% from the year 2014 to 2024.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for the EMTs and Paramedics is found to be $31,980 (as of May 2015) per year which is equal to $15.38 per hour.
Average Annual Pay: $31,980
Average Hourly Pay: $15.38
Education: Postsecondary non-degree award
Employment Growth from 2014 to 2024: 24%
On-the-job training: None
Work Experience: None