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Career Profile: Paramedic

Career Profile: Paramedic

Find out what it takes to be a paramedic.

November 22, 2011

Job Description

Paramedics are first responders who provide advanced life support for medical and trauma emergencies throughout a first response area, usually as part of an emergency medical service or fire and rescue department. Paramedics possess advanced certifications above and beyond what a basic EMT would possess.

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Education Requirements

The most advanced level of training for this occupation is EMT-Paramedic. At this level, the caregiver receives training in anatomy and physiology as well as advanced medical skills. Most commonly, the training is conducted in community colleges and technical schools over 1 to 2 years and may result in an associate’s degree. Such education prepares the graduate to take the NREMT examination and become certified as a Paramedic. Extensive related coursework and clinical and field experience is required. Refresher courses and continuing education are available for EMTs and paramedics at all levels.

Job Outlook

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow by 19 percent between 2006 and 2016, from 201,000 to 240,000 positions.

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