Emergency Medical Technician

Career Outlook

Salaries & Wages:

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is an entry-level position. Salaries for EMTs in private companies range from $30,000 to $50,000 per year. EMTs can continue their education and advance to Paramedic. Paramedic salaries range from $50,000 in private industry to $100,000 or more in public services. 

According to the Bureau of Employment and Labor Statistics from January 2014, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. 



Career Advancement Opportunities:

EMTs can pursue advanced training to become Paramedics after six months of full-time experience (1200 hours minimum; some 911 experience preferred ). Paramedics may choose private ambulance service or transition into the fire department as a Fire Fighter Paramedic. Additionally, there are other venues that utilize EMS employees – please see our Links section below.

Personal and Technical Characteristics

All healthcare careers require people with strong communication skills, an interest in and knowledge of human sciences, and an ability to perform a variety of specialized skills. Individuals must be able to work independently, work well in teams, and manage many tasks at the same time.

Employer Preferences:

In today's healthcare system, which serves many cultures, bilingual and culturally sensitive employees are highly valued. Employers also seek individuals who understand the needs of patients and who provide a high quality of customer service. Reliability and dedication are two important personal characteristics required by employers.

  * Note regarding professional appearance : Employers in EMS, fire departments or law enforcement do not look upon recent trends in “body art” and piercings favorably. If you are seeking a career in these fields we would recommend against acquiring visible tattoos. Additionally, ear piercings on male candidates and multiple ear piercings on female candidates are discouraged by most employers, as well as “non-standard” facial piercings (nose, eyebrow, lip, etc).