So you want to be an EMT. Congratulations on choosing this noble and fast-paced career! But do you know what it takes to be an emergency medical technician?
In every state of the union, all prospective EMTs require certifications and various requirements to perform the job, as determined by state laws.
So before you can begin your career, and find a job as an EMT, you will need formal training.
Here's what you need to know:
Job Duties and Nature of Work
As a "First Responder," an EMT is an important factor in saving lives and providing competent care for people in need. An EMT can be dispatched to many types of scenes, including car accidents, heart attacks, child births, slips and falls, and so on. This is why knowing what vital service you will be providing beforehand is an important factor to the job.
Further, because of the various levels of EMT, specific job responsibilities will vary. According to the The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) there are five certifications available:
- First Responder
- EMT-Intermediate (has two levels)
Additionally, EMTs work in all seasons, throughout the year, in all weather types. There is a considerable amount of bending, kneeling, and heavy lifting. Also, EMTs stand a greater chance of contracting illnesses and communicable diseases from patients, as well as experiencing work-related injuries. And while the work isn't always physically strenuous, there is a lot of work-related stress due to the nature of the job. EMTs will typically work more than 40 hours per week.
Education and Training
In addition to a high school diploma, all EMTs must undergo formal training and certification, as mentioned above. You will also have to pass a physical and written examination that will be given by the State licensing agency or the NREMT.
No matter what state you live in, you will also have to be licensed to be an EMT or paramedic. The levels of each, and the titles associated with the work, however, will vary depending on which state.
It should also be noted that EMTs stand a greater chance of advancement in their career. Many go on to be operations manager, supervisors, instructors, dispatchers, and even physician's assistants. It is even possible to use your EMT training to advance yourself in the healthcare field.
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