Emergency Medical Technician (EMTs) and Paramedic

Career Overview

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities. Use the search box to find Kevin's video!


One must complete a one-year EMT program to be an EMT, then advance to a paramedic program in order to be a paramedic. It may take an additional year to go on to complete the entire paramedic program.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$21,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$56,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
  • Foreign Languages
Work Environment

EMTs and 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.

Future Outlook

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada