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29-2042.00 - Emergency Medical Technicians

Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Sample of reported job titles: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), First Responder

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Job Zone  |  Credentials  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Comfort and reassure patients. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate with dispatchers or treatment center personnel to provide information about situation, to arrange reception of victims, or to receive instructions for further treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenish first aid equipment and supplies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Information retrieval or search software — Epocrates; HyperTox; Skyscape Rosen and Barkin's 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult; TechOnSoftware HazMatCE Pro (see all 14 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — MedDataSolutions Regist*r; MEDITECH software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Microsoft operating system See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Ambulances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analgesic infusion sets or kits — Infusion sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Artificial airway holders — Endotracheal ET tube holddown devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection needles — Venoject needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood pressure recording units — Blood pressure recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bullet proof vests — Bulletproof vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units — Portable cardiac monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generators or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers CRT-P — External pacers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chest tube kits — Pleural decompression kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitters or telemetry devices — Telemetry units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Esophageal tubes — Esophageal tracheal airway devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Extremity restraints — Limb restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Finger ring removers or cutters — Ring cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components — Wall-mounted oxygen regulators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glass cutters — Center punches/glass hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Glucose monitors or meters — Glucometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic injection apparatus — Epi-pens; Preload syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic needle — Needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous catheters — Intravenous IV cannulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use — Intravenous IV pressure infusers; Intravenous IV pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial arm boards — Long arm boards; Short arm boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapter or connector — Saline locks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation forceps — Adult Magill forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation gauges or guides — Esophageal intubation detection devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation laryngoscopes — Curved adult blades; Laryngoscopes; Straight adult blades; Straight pediatric blades (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intubation stylets — Adult stylets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Irrigation or suction handpieces or cannulas or tips or catheters — Medical suction catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscopes — Mechanical stethoscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes — Bulb syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Fixed-oxygen equipment; Portable oxygen equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical nasal cannulas — Oxygen nasal cannulae See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical or surgical suction tubings — Suction tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts — Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks; Child oxygen masks; Infant oxygen masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical syringes without needle — Syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical service anti shock garments — Medical anti-shock trousers MAST; Pneumatic anti-shock garments PASG See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical service intravenous IV kits — Intraosseous kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services cervical or extrication collars — Emergency medical services cervical collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services head immobilizers — Head immobilization devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services litter — Multi-level wheeled cots; Stair chairs; Stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services non-suction antichoke devices — Cricothyrotomy kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services obstetrics kits — Obstetrical OB kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services spine boards — Extrication devices; Full-spine immobilization devices; Half-spine immobilization devices; Spinal immobilization equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services suction antichoke devices — Airway suction units; Battery-powered portable suction units; Fixed-suction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services tourniquet or clamp — Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile medical services triage tags — Triage tags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile resuscitator or aspirator kits — Pocket masks with one-way valves; Resuscitation devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multiparameter vital sign units — Monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasopharyngeal tubes or airways — Nasopharyngeal airways See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nebulizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needleless intravenous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas — Interlink syringe cannulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters — Vial access cannulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Blood tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Orthopedic splint systems — Cardboard splints; Rigid splints; Splints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Oxygen insufflators — Transtracheal jet insufflators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient carbon dioxide detectors — Patient CO2 monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices — Patient restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peripherally inserted central catheters PICC — Catheters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pharyngeal airways or airways kits — Oropharyngeal airways See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pulse oximeter units — Oximeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiratory aspirator products — Meconium aspirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Restraint vests and jackets — Straitjacket See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resuscitation masks — Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators; Valve mask resuscitators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines — Scalpels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Torso and belt restraints — Restraint belts See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Traction splint sets — Lower extremity traction devices with ankle hitches; Traction splints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheel chocks — Chock blocks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Winged infusion needle set — Scalp vein needles See more occupations related to this tool.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Treat medical emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventory of medical supplies or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Position patients for treatment or examination. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Sterilize medical equipment or instruments. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
Employment data for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.
Industry data for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics.

Median wages (2020) $17.62 hourly, $36,650 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2020) 261,300 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030) Faster than average (10% to 15%) Faster than average (10% to 15%)
Projected job openings (2020-2030) 20,700
State trends
 
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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