Emergency Medical Technician - Basic | Mercy College

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

Career Outlook

Most employment opportunities for EMT’s are with private ambulance companies or as volunteers in various municipalities. EMT’s also are constantly needed to replace advancing EMT’s and those who leave the profession. EMT certification is often used as a stepping stone to higher-paying jobs within the health care field, such as paramedics. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations."

Wages for those in the emergency medical services field vary significantly from state to state. Pay varies considerably based on the type of service by which one is employed and work experience. 

All fifty states require EMT’s and paramedics to be certified. In most states, certificate renewal is required every two to three years, and EMT’s and paramedics must take refresher training courses or complete continuing education requirements. Many states restrict certification based on an individual’s criminal history.

Position: Estimated Salary:
Emergency Medical Technician $29,892