Paramedics are responsible for providing emergency medical care to patients.
Paramedics are often more important than doctors in saving lives because the quick treatment is so important!
Why Should You Consider This Career?

Paramedics are able to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, fire departments, and private companies. They are able to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, fire departments, and private companies.

That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
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First Responder, Flight Paramedic, Paramedic

Administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.

At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
First Responder, Flight Paramedic, Paramedic
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Your Typical Day:

  • Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures.
  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge.
  • Comfort and reassure patients.
  • Coordinate with treatment center personnel to obtain patients' vital statistics and medical history, to determine the circumstances of the emergency, and to administer emergency treatment.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
  • Instruct emergency medical response team about emergency interventions, to ensure correct application of procedures.
  • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
  • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Treat medical emergencies.
  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment.
  • Implement advanced life support techniques.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • Interact with patients to build rapport or provide emotional support.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

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Tools of the Trade

  • Intubation laryngoscopes
  • Mobile medical services spine boards
  • Mobile medical services litter
  • Orthopedic splint systems
  • Medical oxygen masks or parts
  • Mobile medical services suction antichoke devices
  • Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
  • Medical gas cylinders or related devices
  • Traction splint sets
  • Intravenous or arterial arm boards
  • Mobile resuscitator or aspirator kits
  • Resuscitation masks
  • Mobile medical service anti shock garments
  • Hypodermic injection apparatus
  • Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
  • Needleless intravenous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas
  • Glucose monitors or meters
  • Cardiac pacemaker generators or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers CRT-P
  • Irrigation or suction handpieces or cannulas or tips or catheters
  • Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes
  • Restraint vests and jackets
  • Pulse oximeter units
  • Blood collection needles
  • Finger ring removers or cutters
  • Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
  • Mobile medical services triage tags
  • Bullet proof vests
  • Torso and belt restraints
  • Esophageal tubes
  • Intravenous catheters
  • Nasopharyngeal tubes or airways
  • Mobile medical service intravenous IV kits
  • Medical acoustic stethoscopes
  • Chest tube kits
  • Extremity restraints
  • Endotracheal tubes
  • Cardiac output CO monitoring units
  • Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines
  • Pharyngeal airways or airways kits
  • Hypodermic needle
  • Intubation stylets
  • Peripherally inserted central catheters PICC
  • Intravenous or arterial tubing adapter or connector
  • Multiparameter vital sign units
  • Glass cutters
  • Intubation forceps
  • Medical or surgical suction tubings
  • Sledge hammer
  • Mobile medical services obstetrics kits
  • Mobile medical services tourniquet or clamp
  • Mobile medical services cervical or extrication collars
  • Blood pressure recording units
  • Analgesic infusion sets or kits
  • Flow sensors or regulators or components
  • Respiratory aspirator products
  • Winged infusion needle set
  • Intubation gauges or guides
  • Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
  • Mobile medical services head immobilizers
  • Medical syringes without needle
  • Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices
  • Wheel chocks
  • Mobile medical services non-suction antichoke devices
  • Artificial airway holders
  • Patient carbon dioxide detectors
  • Medical nasal cannulas
  • Oxygen insufflators
  • Electrocardiography EKG transmitters or telemetry devices
  • Hacksaw
  • Two way radios
  • Electrocardiography EKG units
  • Pry bars
  • Nebulizers
  • Notebook computers
  • Ambulances
  • Desktop computers
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