What does an EMT do?
Emergency medical technicians are healthcare professionals who provide urgent medical treatment, typically in an ambulance or at the site of an accident or other emergency. They generally do not have the level of advanced training as a paramedic, although in some settings the two titles may be used interchangeably. They serve as first responders and perform initial assessments, while also providing immediate basic care such as supplying oxygen or addressing wounds and other serious injuries. Their objective is to stabilize patients or provide critical care until the patient can be transported to a medical facility.
Emergency medical technicians have completed an EMT training and certification program, and must have a valid EMT license, along with BLS certification and any other required credentials. They must be able to remain calm and focused in stressful situations.
EMT Career Path
Learn how to become an EMT, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Average Years of Experience
“My very first preceptor (trainer) was really nice and I learned a lot from her.”
“There were some people who weren’t my favorite to work with but everyone else was great”
“Pay is the lowerst in the country but we get great bonuses for doing our job.”
“It’s a good place to start but I definitely don’t see much career growth here.”
“If you're just starting out this is a great place to start your career.”
“Eagle has one of the best management teams I've had the pleasure of working under in EMS.”
“Parking was sometimes difficult if i worked during midday shifts but thats just any busy hospital.”
“The pay for 24 hours would be 14 an hour and if it was a 12 hour day then it would be 18.”
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of an EMT
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