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Pursuing a Career in Emergency Medicine

Emergency medicine is one of the fastest growing healthcare fields in which area you can find that the job outlook is excellent. If you want to pursue a career in emergency medicine, there is a job position which has good future prospects which ‘Emergency Medicine Technician/Paramedic’. Now, let’s see everything about pursuing a career in emergency medicine here…

Work Settings of Emergency Medicine Technician/Paramedic:

Most of the professionals in emergency medicine department would work full time in hospitals. As such, the emergency departments in hospitals would operate 24*7 in a week and for all the 365 days in a year. The healthcare professionals working in an emergency medicine department would often work in 10 or 12- hour shifts.

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of Emergency Medicine Professionals?

Typically, the emergency department healthcare professionals would involve in providing care for the sick and injured patients in emergency room settings. As such, the roles and duties of an emergency medicine healthcare professional would include:

  • Responding to 911 calls for medical assistance like:

    • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation

    • Bandaging of wounds

  • Evaluating the patients’ condition and designing a treatment plan

  • Offering first-line of therapies or life care support for the sick and injured patients

  • Transporting patients in an ambulance

  • Transferring patients to the emergency departments of hospitals or any other healthcare facility

  • Reporting the observations, as well as treatments to:

    • Physicians

    • Nurses

    • Healthcare facility staff

  • Documenting medical care that has been provided to the patients

  • Maintenance of emergency medicine equipment

How to become an Emergency Medicine Technician/Paramedic?

Educational Requirements:

In order to become an emergency medicine technician/paramedic, you need to complete a post-secondary educational program into which you can enter with a high school diploma plus a cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate. It has been observed that most of the postsecondary programs for emergency medicine are non-degree programs and hence, can be completed in one or two years. However, it is always advisable to earn an associate’s degree to increase the chances of getting employed in a good healthcare facility. You can see the list of accredited programs for emergency medicine technicians/paramedics in the website of “Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs’.

Certification and Licensing:

The certification for emergency department technicians/paramedics is being awarded by the ‘National Registry of Emergency Medicine Technicians’. In order to be certified, you would require completing a certified educational program and passing a national examination.

And, it is to be noted that all the states in the U.S. require the emergency medicine technicians/paramedics to be licensed.

Job Outlook and Opportunities:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment opportunities for the emergency medicine technicians/paramedics are estimated to increase by up to 24% from the year 2014 to 2024.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salary for the emergency department professionals is found to be $31,980 (as of May 2015) per year which equals $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