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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.