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Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians are the first to evaluate the nature and extent of a medical problem at emergency scenes. They determine the number of people injured, the types of injuries they have, pre-existing medical conditions of the patients, and the degree of trauma. They stabilize and transport the patient to a health care facility.

There are levels of EMTs depending on training level completed. They are: First Responders (the lowest level); EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-Paramedic and EMT-Critical Care Paramedic.

EMTs are required to work long hours on call, be able to lift patients, bend, kneel and stand for long periods, and work outdoors in all types of weather.

Salary Range: $21,240 – $56,310

Salary Notes: Depending upon the level of certification, annual mean wage is $35,840 in Vermont.

Where you can study:
Central Vermont Career Center [1], Barre, VT
Eastern Maine Community College [2], Bangor, ME
Greenfield Community College [3], Greenfield, MA
NHTI, Concord’s Community College [4], Concord, NH
University of Vermont [5], Burlington, VT

Where you might work:
– Emergency Medical Services – Fire Departments – Hospitals – Industry – Private Ambulance Services

Job Outlook: Employment is projected to grow much faster than the average through 2024 as paid emergency medical technician positions replace unpaid volunteers.

Education, Licensing and Certification: Formal training and certification are required but state requirements and reciprocity in recognizing certification from other states vary. Opportunities are best for those who have earned advance certifications.

Professional Organizations:
National Association of EMTs [6] 800-346-2368
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians [7] 614-888-4484