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Get A Good Job As An Emergency Medical Technician

Updated on December 6, 2011

If you want to get a good job as an Emergency Medical Technician, you must first graduate from High School or get your GED.

Training after High School completion usually takes from six months to two years. State requirements vary slightly so check with your local college. As your duties, responsibilities, and opportunities for advancement, are a reflection of your level of training and experience, always get the best possible education available.

Initial training courses will provide you with all the basic practical skills you need to do the job. You will then move to the second level of training where you will get more practical training as well as more actual experience in using your skills. A third level of training will provide the training necessary to be qualified to administer drugs, interpret ECGs, and perform intubation when necessary. After each level of training, you will be required to pass a certification exam before you can practice as an Emergency Medical Technician. If possible, get nationally certified. National certification is required in only some states, but get it, if possible, as it is a further testament to your training and skill.

The demand for skilled Emergency Medical Technicians is growing rapidly and there are excellent opportunities for advancement.


Before you make any final decision, decide if you are the type of person that would do well in this medical field.

The work of Emergency Medical Technicians is challenging and at times even dangerous. You must be strong and healthy, able to work outdoors in any weather, whenever you are called upon. At times you may be exposed to disease but, whatever the situation calls for, you must be capable of responding quickly and efficiently.


Emergency Medical Technicians work for hospitals, fire departments, and for police departments. Their services are usually in response to 911 calls.

Emergency Medical Technicians first provide medical care in the case of sudden illness or accident. They must be able to assess the patients condition, control bleeding, apply splints, administer oxygen, perform CPR, assist in child-birth, and provide any other emergency on-scene treatment that is necessary before transporting the patient safely to the hospital or until the patient is considered stable enough to remain safely in their own home.


Medical Emergency Technicians are a vital part of our medical system. Many lives are owed to these brave men and woman who do all that is possible, in crisis situations, to sustain life.

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      Martin V 

      8 years ago

      great article, good information.

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      doodlebugs 

      8 years ago

      Very good information for these tough employment times. Great hub!

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