What Can You Do with an EMT Degree?

Radek, what jobs can you get with an Emergency Medical Technology Degree? I’m wondering, what can I do with an EMT Degree?

Most students who choose to major in Emergency Medical Technology go on to work as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or Paramedics. Your paychecks might be signed by fire departments, hospitals, private ambulance services, or a government entity.

But not all Emergency Medical Technology graduates work as EMTs or Paramedics, at least not forever. Some work their way into management, and some even work in marketing and sales of emergency medical equipment. Jobs are more plentiful and job security more stable in metropolitan areas.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in this job area is projected to grow as fast as average for all occupations (9 percent between 2008 and 2018). Jobs will become more plentiful as the baby boomer generation becomes older and needs more health care. Also, this is a demanding and stressful job, with less than high pay and long hours, so turnover can be high in some areas. This opens the door to recent graduates looking to begin their careers.

Be aware that all 50 states require EMTs and Paramedics to be licensed. Your EMT degree program might help you with this. Also be aware that many employers will require a criminal background check of job applicants.

Careers you can get with a degree in Emergency Medical Technology include:

  • Administrative Director
  • CPR / First Aid Instructor
  • Dispatcher
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Emergency Room Technician
  • EMS Supervisor
  • Firefighter
  • Operations Manager
  • Paramedic
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