Emergency Medical Services - Jobs and Careers

Paramedics, EMTs, and other EMS Jobs are Rewarding and in High Demand

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What is Emergency Medical Services? Overview of EMS:

Emergency medical services include careers such as paramedic, EMT (emergency medical technician), also known as first responders. Emergency medical services professionals often respond to emergency situations such as heart attacks, head injuries, car accidents, fires, or crime scenes. Depending on the type of role and level of certification, emergency medicine services professionals provide basic first aid or life-sustaining support such as CPR.

They do what is necessary to stabilize and transport patients via an ambulance to a hospital if needed, for continued care from a physician.

Careers in Emergency Medical Services:

For an in-depth understanding of careers in emergency medical services, we consulted with an expert in the EMS field. Rod Brouhard is a First Aid Expert and is certainly passionate about his field, and it shows! When asked to share his knowledge and experience with Health Careers' readers regarding his experience working in emergency medical services, Rod replied enthusiastically,

"I love this job. It’s the greatest job in the world and the best of all health careers. (I may be a little biased!)" -Rod Brouhard

Rod has written several articles about careers in emergency medical services for people who may be interested in pursuing a career in the dynamic, growing sector of the healthcare industry. From training and education requirements to salary and job duties, it's important to understand what the different jobs entail to help you decide which career is best for you in emergency services.


Training Programs in Emergency Medical Services:

According to Rod, training is offered at hospitals, community colleges, and through some ambulance services. Becoming a paramedic can take up to 18-24 months; EMT training takes less time typically. 

Although Rod loves his career in EMS, a career in emergency medical services is not for everyone.

EMS workers must be able to work extremely well under pressure, and think quickly to assess and treat people in emergency situations. As first responders to emergencies, EMS workers may see and experience traumatic situations and accident scenes. Therefore, if you are interested in a healthcare career, make sure you can handle difficult and highly stressful situations before you pursue a career in emergency medical services.

Additionally, while EMS workers do earn a good living, they are not among the most highly paid health professionals. Therefore, as with any new career you are pursuing, be sure to compare salaries of the various health professions that interest you, to determine what you want or need to earn before pursuing a career in emergency medical services. It's a very challenging career that does entail some investment of time and education, so consider your options carefully as always.

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