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Types of Paramedic Careers

Posted January 1st, 2011 in Info, Training by admin

Surprising to some, as a paramedic you do not have to work solely in a hospital. There are many options and places to work as a paramedic.  Depending upon your qualifications and experience you can work in fire departments, police departments, hospitals, private ambulance services, military, or even research facilites (where you can study cadavers and such).

The option to work in so many diverse situations and locations allows you to have the freedom to choose what environment best suits your personality and personal desires.  Here are some qualifications for entering each specific career path within the paramedic profession:

Fire Department Paramedic

  • Must be at least 18 yrs of age
  • Must have obtained a HS diploma or GED
  • Must first become an EMT – Basic (and pass the state-specific exams)
  • Then become an EMT – I/99 – Intermediate (optional for most states now)
  • Then fourthly become an EMT – Paramedic (with necessary testing)
  • Finally go through the state-specific fire academy

Paramedics who enter another field such as the fire department are considered one of the best in their profession because of the steps and training that go into becoming a Paramedic/FireFighter.

Police Department Paramedic

  • Must be at least 18 yrs of age
  • Must have obtained a HS diploma or GED

Whether you want to be a police officer/EMT or an EMT/police officer depends on what route you want to take first.  You can either first become a police officer by going through the police academy or you can become an EMT – Basic by first going through the courses needed.  That being said, we will assume you want to become an EMT – Basic first.

  • Must first become an EMT – Basic (and pass the state-specific exams)
  • Go through the police academy
  • As an EMT/police officer you can now climb the ranks as an EMT
  • Become trained as an EMT – I/99 (Intermediate – just made optional)
  • Finally as an EMT – Paramedic

Hospital Paramedic

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Possesses HS diploma or GED
  • Must first become an EMT – B (Basic)
  • Then become an EMT – I/99 (Intermediate) (This stage has now been made optional; you can skip this level and train specifically for the EMT-Paramedic title)
  • Then lastly become an EMT – P (Paramedic)

You most likely will get hired on at a hospital in need or an EMT at the Basic level, but don’t expect to be making a paramedic salary until you move through the ranks to become the EMT-Paramedic.

Private Service Paramedic

  • At least 18 years of age
  • Possesses HS diploma or GED
  • Must first become an EMT – Basic
  • Then become an EMT – I/99 – Intermediate (again, optional)
  • Then fourthly become an EMT – Paramedic

You can easily start as an EMT -B in one of many private ambulance services.

Military Paramedic

  • Known in the military as simply “medic”
  • Basic Training
  • Then you are shipped out to a medical training facility (depending upon what branch you are in)
  • Obtain the EMT certification and the CPR certification
  • From there you can choose between a couple paths to take:
  • Battle Unit Medic
  • Special Forces Medic
  • Hospital Medic
  • Then you go through pre-deployment training

Whether you’d like to join the military or a private company, you can become a paramedic.  With such a difference of opportunities for this one career you are set to choose your path in life.  And in each of these, you know you are choosing a good vocation.  Not just a job, but a passionate life choice that will help others live much longer and have full lives.  You can also check out the Job Board on this site.  Consider wisely.

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