A paramedic is someone who does the work of a doctor, nurse, driver, health counselor while working for the firefighting department or for an ambulance service. He is part of the emergency medical services where he provides first aid and other minor medical treatment to patients who are sick or had an accident.
They respond to 911 calls and rush to the site to take care of the patients and if the injuries or illness are serious, they take the patients to the hospital. Some paramedics also work with the fire department where they have both the responsibilities of a fire fighter and also that of a paramedic. They have more knowledge about treatment of patients and our trained more minutely than an EMT.
How to become a paramedic:
In order to become a paramedic you have to get the right training which varies from state to state. You have to complete a program of EMT and paramedic training and also work as an intern before you are officially employed.
Paramedic career courses, training, programs:
Paramedics in most states need to have EMT training before he can apply for a paramedic training program in a community college, vocational school or adult educational programs. The course may last from 8 months to 2 years. Depending on which state you are in. You can also do additional courses on cardiac life support or how to deal with children besides knowing about CPR, EKG’s etc.
Paramedic career schools/colleges, education:
There are different types of institutes which provide training in physiology, pharmacology and paramedic training through degrees and diplomas.
Top 4 colleges/universities:
University of Maryland
George Washington University
Paramedic career job opportunities, salaries/pay and recruitment:
The job outlook in this field is very good with employment expected to grow at 33%. The average annual salary for paramedics is $30,000.
Category: Medical Careers