EMT & Paramedic

What Do an EMTs and Paramedics Do?

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics respond to medical emergencies and deliver patient care, support, and evaluation in a pre-hospital setting, like on the scene and during transport to the hospital. This generally includes assessing the patient, determining the proper emergency care, and administering treatment. As an EMT or paramedic, you will have to know how to use a defibrillator, give CPR, and basic first aid.

EMTs and paramedics work for the county, fire departments, hospitals, or private organizations. Hours and shifts can be challenging. Good physical stamina and strength are important.


  • High school or equivalency diploma
  • Both EMTs and paramedics must complete Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Training (EMT-B)
  • Obtain CPR certification
  • Pass the national or state exam


Paramedics require more education than EMT’s, therefore they earn higher salaries and have more training.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in this career is expected to increase by 7% from 2018 – 2028.

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