Emergency Medical Jobs: Career Outlook

Emergency medicine and prehospital service careers are some of the fastest growing segments in the job market. The U.S. Department of Labor expects jobs for paramedics and EMTs to increase by 23% between 2012 and 2022. That growth rate is much higher than the national average for all occupations. Those with advanced degrees may enhance their ability to exceed the average paramedic salary.   

Contributing factors include population growth, aging populations and shifting roles due to the rise in interest in community paramedicine. 

Many Individuals begin their careers as an EMT. Paramedic training can lead to more opportunities, but training alone may not be enough for long-term career advancement. As the profession grows, individuals will need a college degree to set themselves apart.

Education requirements are expected to increase in the coming years. Currently, individuals in the fire service must have a degree to advance. Those who want to teach in accredited colleges around the country will also need additional education. Lead instructors need associate’s degrees, and education directors need bachelor’s degrees. As the science continues to evolve educated practitioners are going to be needed to teach future generations. 

Possible Career Options:
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Paramedic
  • Trainer/Educational Director
  • Administrative Supervisor
  • Rank Advancement Within the Military

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, EMTs and Paramedics, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm (visited January 28, 2015).