Significant Information: Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
- Job stress is common because hours of work are irregular and workers often must treat patients in life-or-death situations.
- Formal training and certification are required, but State requirements vary.
- Employment is projected to grow faster than average as paid emergency medical technician positions replace unpaid volunteers.
- Competition will be greater for jobs in local fire, police, and rescue squad departments than in private ambulance services; opportunities will be best for those who have advanced certification.