Most people think that all EMTs work for ambulance services. When we think of an Emergenc Medical Technician, we automatically imagine him behind the driver’s wheel of an ambulance. Would you believe that only 45% of all EMTs work for an ambulance service? Here’s the EMT Jobs breakdown according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Ambulance Services (45%)
Ambulance services hire most of EMTs but they also offer the lowest wages. While the need for EMTs and paramedics in ambulance services is huge, this is probably the toughest jobs available on the market. EMTs are required to drive ambulances during emergency situations while obeying traffic safety laws. They are also the ones in contact with violent patients and exposed to contagious deceases.
Local Government (29%)
EMS (Emergency Medical Services) is coordinating EMTs across local governments. EMTs are part of their emergency response system. EMTs can also pursue their classes and reach supervisors and EMT trainers license.
We would believe that EMTs and paramedics are all working in hospitals. However, only 20% of the workforce is hired by them. Cheaper than nurses, paramedics are very useful due to their level of knowledge and skills to operate complex health care equipment and EMT supplies. That is why they can be hired as medical assistant.
Other EMTs will work for private companies such as recreation companies and amusement parks. While you may have to travel, this is where you will get the highest EMT wages. However, private companies will usually hire paramedics over other EMTs. There are also positions available at retirement homes.
Private companies are also mostly the ones operating flight medic teams.
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