What it is
Emergency care workers, like paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), are typically first responders on the scene of an accident or emergency. EMTs examine victims and provide basic life support, like giving oxygen or performing CPR. Paramedics have similar job duties, but are also trained to perform complex medical procedures and administer drugs.
What it's like
Paramedic jobs and EMT jobs typically involve responding to an emergency by ambulance. They respond to emergency calls by radio dispatchers and are sometimes patched through to medical professionals for instructions. Emergency care workers often work closely with police and fire departments.
Emergency Medical Technician, training to be a Physician
Most paramedics and EMTs work 40 to 50 hours per week. Because emergency care is required 24 hours a day, work shifts can take place day or night. Jobs in emergency care are fast-paced and can be stressful. Paramedic jobs and EMT jobs involve a significant amount of physically demanding work as well as direct care for patients. To learn more about what working in emergency care is like, see what Cristina has to say about her work in an EMT job.
What it takes
Paramedic jobs require more training than EMT jobs because of the additional job responsibilities. There are four EMT levels based on skills and responsibilities, with the highest level being a paramedic.
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