Because emergency services function 24 hours a day, EMTs and paramedics have irregular working hours. The working environment for this rewarding and challenging field includes:
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Beyond the general duties listed, specific responsibilities of EMTs and Paramedics depend on their level of qualification and training. To determine this, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians registers emergency medical service (EMS) providers at four levels. Some states, including Texas, also offer their own certification.
Job opportunities include working with:
EMT and Paramedic training may apply to other work than emergency medicine in the field. A Paramedic can become a supervisor, operations manager, administrative director or executive director of emergency services.
Some EMTs and Paramedics become instructors, dispatchers, nurses, physician assistants or other health care professionals. Others may move into sales or marketing of emergency medical equipment.
According to CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, salaries for the following occupations in the Dallas metropolitan area are: