Paramedic 2017-10-03T16:18:10+00:00


Paramedics are typically dispatched by a 911 operator to the scene of an emergency where they often work with police and firefighters. They assess the nature of the patient’s condition while trying to determine whether the patient has any pre-existing medical conditions. Following medical protocol and guidelines, they provide appropriate emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient to a hospital. Paramedics may use special equipment, such as backboards, to immobilize patients before placing them on stretchers and securing them in the ambulance for transport to a medical facility. During the transport of a patient, an EMT or paramedic drives while the other monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care as needed. Some paramedics work as part of a helicopter’s flight crew to transport critically ill or injured patients to hospital trauma centers.

Salary Range: $21,240 – $56,310

Salary Notes: Median annual earnings for paramedics in Vermont is $35,840; those in emergency medical services who are part of fire or police departments typically receive the same benefits as firefighters or police officers.

Where you can study:
Capital Community College, Hartford, CT
Eastern Maine Community College, Bangor, ME
Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME
NHTI, Concord’s Community College, Concord, NH
Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA
Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, ME
Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA
Southern Maine Community College, Portland, ME
SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY
University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Burlington, VT
Vermont Technical College – Williston Campus, Williston, VT
Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY

Where you might work:
– Emergency Medical Services – Hospitals – State and Local Health Departments

Job Outlook: Employment for paramedics is expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations through 2024. Job prospects should be especially good in cities and private ambulance services.

Education, Licensing and Certification: A high school diploma is usually required to enter a formal emergency medical technician training program. Training is offered at progressive levels: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMR-Paramedic. The most advanced level of training is for EMT-Paramedic, usually at community colleges and technical schools over one to two years, leading to an associate’s degree. This prepares the graduate to take the certification exam.

All 50 states require certification for each of the EMT levels. EMTs and paramedics must recertify, usually every two years.

Professional Organizations:
National Association of EMTs 800-346-2368
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 888-327-4236
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians 614-888-4484