EMT Training: Is a Career as an EMT for You?
We have all seen an EMT or Emergency Medical Technicians in action, whether in real life or on television. They are the people that respond to an emergency with Paramedics. They may also have training in other fields such as law enforcement or fire fighting, but this is not always the case. Once on the scene of an accident, an EMT is invaluable in assessing the patient’s needs, stabilizing and securing the patient, and transporting the patient to the closest medical facility.
All levels of these jobs require personnel to work in all types of weather conditions. These jobs are physically tough, requiring a lot of bending, and lifting of heavy loads. The personnel are at risk of many different types of on the job injuries, such as hearing loss from the sirens, back injuries from the lifting, and catching contagious diseases. Most work weeks are made up of more than 40 hours and many times will include twelve hour shifts.
An EMT has undergone various levels of EMT training and has various qualifications. Most start as First Responder or EMT-Basic. These are the people that are trained to respond to the accident calls and transport the patients to the hospital. Additional EMT training allows them to be an EMT-Intermediate. Still further training and testing will allow them to become a Paramedic. Once they reach the stage of a Paramedic, they are allowed to administer drugs and more detailed tests in the field.
These positions may be found in a Fire department, a Police department, a hospital, or a private ambulance company. A high school diploma is required to be accepted in an EMT training program. Many of these programs are administered by a local community college. Various courses are required, and to become an EMT-Basic you must pass a practical and a written exam administered by the state or NREMT, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. All states require some type of licensing, but it may vary from state to state.
Salaries of people with EMT training vary depending on where they are located and what type of training they have. In 2009 the average salary was approximately $15.00 per hour. This can be a very exciting career that is expected to continue to grow and should be recession proof in the upcoming years.
Here is a video detailing what is involved in EMT training.