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Emergency Medical Technology

What Emergency Medical Technicians Do

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

Work Environment

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and patients who are suffering.

How to Become an Emergency Medical Technician

All EMTs and paramedics must complete a formal training program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.


The median annual wage of EMTs and paramedics was $30,360 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Quick Facts: Emergency Medical Technicians
2010 Median Pay $30,360 per year
Entry-Level Education Postsecondary non-degree award
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2010 226,500
Job Outlook, 2010-20 33% growth rate

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