A paramedic is often the first responder to the scene of an emergency. A paramedic is a medical profession that often works inside an ambulance and responds to emergency calls that come in to 911 or the emergency telephone line.
As a paramedic you will have to perform several duties. Your main job as a paramedic will be to respond to emergency calls that have been received by 911. You will often be the first person on the scene. Paramedics can provide treatment for many types of conditions such as breathing problems, broken bones, heart attacks and more. The first thing a paramedic will do when they arrive at the scene is to assess the patient and determine what the problem is. They will then decide on a treatment plan. They will follow all guidelines that they have learned which may include providing treatment on site or transporting the patient by using a stretcher or backboard to the ambulance so that they can be taken to the hospital for further medical attention. They record all their observations and give this information to the doctor on call. They must document all care that has been provided for each patient on a patient care report. After each incident, they clean the ambulance and sterilize or replace any equipment that has been used.
The average paramedic salary will depend on several factors including education, training, experience, location and more. The current average paramedic salary is about $31,000 per year. Location is very important to the amount of money that a paramedic can make. The top states to work in are Maryland, Illinois, Washington, Hawaii and Washington, DC. All of these states offer a paramedic salary of more than $60,000 per year. This is more than the national average paramedic wage. Experience is another factor that can affect the paramedic income. A new paramedic will make about $24,000 per year. While a well seasoned paramedic with more than fifteen years of experience can make upwards of $75,000 per year. The location and experience that you have will greatly affect the amount of the paramedic salary.
If you are interested in becoming a paramedic, you will need to get your high school diploma then attend a higher education course that will give you all the tools you need for this job. Many technical schools and community colleges have programs for paramedics. Many programs will require a Hepatitis-B shot and a driver’s license before you can be accepted. Since a paramedic is the highest level of the emergency medical technicians, you will need to complete the training for both types of EMTs first. EMT-B is the first training you will need to complete. This will teach the basics of trauma and first aid and will require 100 hours of training. The next training level that you need to complete is an EMT-I, at this level you will learn how to use airway devices, how to administer intravenous fluids and how to give some types of medications. This training will involve 1000 hours of work. The last level of training is the paramedic level. At this level you will need to complete 1300 hours of training. Training will include advanced life saving techniques, administering all types of medications, stitching wounds and advanced medical skills. An additional eight hours of training is required to drive an ambulance. A paramedic must be certified by NREMT before they can work. This will include a written and practical exam.
Paramedic Work Environment:
The work environment for a paramedic can vary. Part of your work will be working inside an ambulance and attending to patients and part of your work will be on site at different locations. The job of a paramedic will require lots of travel and you may have to lift patients and bend and stoop to provide treatment to these patients. You may also be exposed to all types of diseases and conditions so protective gear such as face masks and sterilized gloves are often used. The work schedule for a paramedic is often full time but the hours worked will vary. Overnight and weekend hours are often needed and many paramedics are often on call.
The job of a paramedic is an important one. When people have no transportation or time to make it to a hospital for medical treatment, the paramedics are often called. You will need to make snap decisions and help people in a quick amount of time. A paramedic also has a very good outlook for the future. As of 2012, there are more than 226,000 medical professionals working as paramedics. There is currently an expected thirty three percent increase in the job market by 2020. This means that there will be an additional 75,000 jobs added to the market for paramedics.