Your day -- or night -- of work might include helping a homeless person, stabilizing an asthma attack, and responding to possible domestic violence. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are a special breed: they think on their feet, stay calm, and assess health risks in an emergency.
Paramedics are the most highly trained EMTs. They give drugs intravenously (through the veins), operate defibrillators and other specialized equipment, and can be involved in a patient’s move from ambulance to emergency room.
Under the supervision of a doctor, EMTs and paramedics manage medical emergencies outside of a hospital. EMTs are classified as either first responders, basic, intermediate, or paramedics, depending on their level of training and experience.
“It is very rewarding to make a difference in people's lives on a daily basis.” Chad, Paramedic and Emergency Services Dispatcher
A levelheaded, quick thinker who's able to prioritize risks. You should also be compassionate and a good listener. You must be strong enough to lift people and perform other physically demanding tasks daily.
Many future doctors and nurses get their start on the front lines of emergency medicine as paramedics.