Career Details

Paramedic

Career Overview

Paramedics respond to emergency calls and provide initial care to these patients before transporting them to medical facilities.

Education

Completing a two-year college paramedic program, which generally begins with a basic EMT program, is required to obtain one of these positions.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$31,000 /yr
$45,000 /yr
$67,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Foreign Languages
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

Paramedics typically work for ambulance services, hospitals, and the government. This often requires outdoor work, in all types of weather. It may also be physically challenging and stressful work.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada