EMTs or Emergency Medical Technicians are the people who take care of the sick, or mostly, injured in emergency medical settings. They perform medical services and most of the time responds to emergency calls and transport patients to medical facilities for further assistance.
An EMT career is considered as one of the demanding and fast-paced jobs in the industry. They are the people who are accounted to take care of the patients in the most vital moments. Being an EMT requires a person to have expertise not only in the medical areas, but also the skill to deal with large amounts of stress especially in critical times.
One of the reasons why EMT careers are in-demand is because of the high salary paid out to the employee. As of May 2010, the median wage received by an EMT in a yearly basis is $34,370 – that is $16.53 per hour.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS is expecting that there will be an increase in EMT careers between 2008 and 2018 decade. The increase demand is said to be because of the aging baby boomers. Also, there is an added higher call volume for EMTs, which means that each personnel has to use up more hours with each patient once they are admitted to the emergency rooms. One patient is to one personnel ratio is due to overcrowding and insurance paperwork. With this expected scenario, the longer the EMT spends time with the patient; there is an increase need for an additional EMT to manage all other incoming calls.
Not all states in the USA pay high wages for EMTs. But if you want a high paying EMT career, then you need to go to one of these states: (1) Nevada that pays $35.85 per hour, (2) Washington that pays $35.40 per hour, (3) Maryland that pays $29.89 per hour, (4) Alaska that pays $29.33, (5) Delaware that pays $26.53, (6) New York for $25.49 per hour, (7) Hawaii for $24.70, (8) Colorado for $24.70, (9) Missouri for $24.23, and (10) New Jersey for $23.79 per hour.
There are some people who work with the joy that they just love what they’re doing, not just because of the high pays and endless benefits. If you belong to this group, then you must grab the chance in states where most job openings for EMT careers are high. This includes Pennsylvania, California, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, New York, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
While there are a few EMTs who choose to stay in their roles for a longer period, there are also some who look for advancement prospects. Some personnel choose to become administrative directors or managers, others continue as teachers. For those who become tired of the very demanding job, they choose to work as physician assistants or dispatchers. Being an EMT is also taken as a first step for other healthcare jobs such as doctors and nurses.
As of 2010, the number of jobs generated by EMT careers reached to 226,500 jobs. The projected average growth rate for EMTs between 2010 and 2020 is 33%.