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Career profile Paramedic

Also known as First Responder, Flight Paramedic, Paramedic

Paramedic

Also known as First Responder, Flight Paramedic, Paramedic

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Pay Range
$24,650 - $62,150 (annual)
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What does a Paramedic do?

Paramedics administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses.

In addition, Paramedics may administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.

What is a Paramedic salary?

The median salary for a Paramedic is $36,650, and the average salary is $40,370. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Paramedic salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.

Many Paramedics earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Paramedics earn less than $24,650 per year, 25% earn less than $29,170, 75% earn less than $47,810, and 90% earn less than $62,150.

Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Paramedics is expected to change by 10.9%, and there should be roughly 20,700 open positions for Paramedics every year.

Median annual salary
$36,650
Typical salary range
$24,650 - $62,150
Projected growth (2020 - 2030)
10.9%

What personality traits are common among Paramedics?

Interests

Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.

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Values

People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.

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Psychological Demands

Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.

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What education and training do Paramedics need?

Paramedics often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Paramedics usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.

Educational degrees among Paramedics

  • 0.8% did not complete high school or secondary school
  • 12.0% completed high school or secondary school
  • 42.7% completed some college coursework
  • 23.4% earned a Associate's degree
  • 16.7% earned a Bachelor's degree
  • 2.5% earned a Master's degree
  • 1.9% earned a doctorate or professional degree

Knowledge and expertise required by Paramedics

Through education, training, or experience, most Paramedics will need to be proficient in mutliple areas to perform their job well.

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Important Abilities needed by Paramedics

Paramedics must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.

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Critical Skills needed by Paramedics

Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.

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What is the source of this information?

The information provided on this page is adapted from data and descriptions published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration under the CC BY 4.0 license. TraitLab has modified some information for ease of use and reading, and the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment, and Training Administration has not approved, endorsed, or tested these modifications.

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