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Summary Report for:
29-2043.00 - Paramedics

Administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.

Sample of reported job titles: First Responder, Flight Paramedic, Paramedic

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

Tasks

  • Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate with treatment center personnel to obtain patients' vital statistics and medical history, to determine the circumstances of the emergency, and to administer emergency 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.
  • Instruct emergency medical response team about emergency interventions, to ensure correct application of procedures. 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.
  • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform emergency cardiac care, such as cardioversion and manual defibrillation. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform emergency invasive intervention before delivering patient to an acute care facility. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform emergency pharmacological interventions. 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.

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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.
  • Anti shock garments — Medical anti-shock trousers MAST; Pneumatic anti-shock garments PASG See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Artificial airway holders — Endotracheal ET tube holddown devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles — Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood collection needle — 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.
  • Butterfly needles — Scalp vein needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories — Portable cardiac monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P — External pacers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks — Pocket masks with one-way valves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chest tube kit — Pleural decompression kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories — Telemetry units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrocardiography EKG units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical service intravenous IV kit — Intraosseous kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services cervical or extrication collars — Emergency medical services cervical collars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services head immobilizers — Head immobilization devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services obstetrics kits — Obstetrical OB kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services suction units or accessories — Airway suction units; Battery-powered portable suction units; Fixed-suction equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services tourniquets or clamps — Tourniquets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kits — Cricothyrotomy kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services triage tags — Triage tags See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories — Multi-level wheeled cots; Stair chairs; Stretchers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency resuscitator or aspirator kits — Resuscitation devices 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 — 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 or accessories — Epi-pens; Preload syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hypodermic needle — Needles 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 cannulas or accessories — Intravenous IV cannulas See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors — 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 stylets — Adult stylets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laryngoscopes or accessories — Curved adult blades; Laryngoscopes; Straight adult blades; Straight pediatric blades (see all 5 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — 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 cannulae — Oxygen nasal cannulae 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 suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Medical suction catheters; Suction tubing See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical syringe without needle — Syringes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories — Monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nasopharyngeal tubes — Nasopharyngeal airways See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Nebulizer or accessories — Nebulizers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Needleless intravenous injection syringe set or injection cannula — 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 insufflator or its accessories — 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 or accessories — Patient restraints See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use — 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 or accessories — Meconium aspirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Restraint vests and jackets — Straitjacket See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Resuscitation masks or accessories — 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.
  • Spine boards — Extrication devices; Full-spine immobilization devices; Half-spine immobilization devices; Spinal immobilization equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories — 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Treat medical emergencies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer intravenous medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care. 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 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.
  • Operate diagnostic or therapeutic medical instruments or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record patient medical histories. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach medical procedures to healthcare personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.

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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 (2019) 265,200 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Faster than average (5% to 7%) Faster than average (5% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 17,400
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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