Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are first-responders. They often respond to 911 calls and take care of people in emergency situations.
They give medical treatment to sick or injured people and take those patients to the closest medical facility. No matter the circumstance, when an emergency strikes, emergency medical technicians and paramedics are often the first to the scene and work side by side with police officers and firefighters to provide the best all-around care.
As an EMT or paramedic, your work will be very rewarding at times, be an adrenaline rush most of the time, physically demanding and sometimes stressful because you could be involved in life-or-death situations. No doubt, you’ll be caring for patients in some degree of pain and suffering. You could work indoors or outdoors, depending on the day — and in all kinds of weather and situations.
If you’re looking for a rewarding career helping others, the EMS degree might be just what you’re looking for. National stats show the field including EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent between now and 2020 — that’s much faster than the average for all other fields. For details, visit http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm.