EMT/Paramedic Employment Potential
Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, or acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. Demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.
Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increase in the number of age-related health emergencies, such as heart attacks or strokes. This, in turn, will create greater demand for EMTs and paramedic services. An increase in the number of specialized medical facilities will require more EMTs and paramedics to transfer patients with specific conditions to these facilities for treatment.
EMT’s and Paramedics may work for:
- Private ambulance services.
- Fire departments.
- Hospitals or other rescue services.
- Wilderness EMS.
- Special operations, & special events.
- Industrial safety & quality management.
Regional Average Salaries:
EMT = $29,046
Paramedic = $37,111
For additional information, visit http://www.dol.ks.gov/LMIS/ for local wage information or U.S. Department of labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupation Handbook for national wage information.