A paramedic is a medical professional, usually working as part of the emergency medical services provision in a given area. Their primary role is to provide pre-hospital advanced medical and trauma care, followed, where appropriate, by transfer to definitive care. Although most paramedics are field based in ambulances or response cars, some may undertake hospital based roles, such as the treatment of minor injuries.
Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification are prerequisites for most postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are postsecondary non-degree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Educational programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training. High school students interested in becoming EMTs or paramedics should take courses in anatomy and physiology.
They work both indoors and outdoors, in all types of weather. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and patients who are suffering. Most paid EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, providers of emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls per month.
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The sense of doing something good for the community and saving peoples lives.
Autonomy in the work place which could also be a negative if you are young in the field and do not have the experience
You get to help people during a emergency.
Being able to help people and knowing you can make a difference for somebody.
You get to help people and make them better.
A well respected profession where the public look up to you and put their trust in you to help them, their friends or family, a profession where you are always learning and everyday is different.
The pros for me graduating the paramdeic program is that I am one step closer into getting into a fire dept and that I have just increased my ability to save somebodies life even more because of the information that I have been taught.