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Emergency Medical Technician    
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are the first responders to pre-hospital emergency care. They respond quickly and efficiently to critically ill or injured patients using specially equipped vehicles. After arriving at the scene, they assess the nature and extent of the illness or injury, establish priorities for medical care when multiple patients are involved, and use decontamination techniques to facilitate patient care and ensure that the patient is not further infected by some external contaminant. They provide patients with basic life support skills including: air way management, control of bleeding, treatment of shock, oxygen therapy, treatment of environmental emergencies, burn care, splitting and bandaging techniques, vehicle and water extraction, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency child birth. EMT's and paramedics must have the ability to apply interpersonal and patient care skills to all age groups from pediatric to geriatric patients. The job can be physically and emotionally demanding. EMT's must have the ability to lift, move, and secure patients using a number of immobilization and transportation techniques and devices. They must also have the emotional strength and stamina to deal with life and death situations. There are two distinct specialization's for emergency medical technicians. They are EMT basic, and EMT paramedic. Each specialization requires additional training.

Work Environment:

Emergency medical technicians work in a wide range of work place environments. They can be employed by hospitals, rescue squads, fire departments, police departments, commercial ambulance services, and by industry.

High School Preparation:

High school subjects helpful to those preparing for a career as an emergency medical technician or paramedic are biology, chemistry, psychology, physical education, algebra, computer skills, English, drivers education, first aid, sociology, health occupations /medical professions education.

College Requirements:

Students entering an EMT training program must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and a driver's license with a good driving record. EMT basic classification requires students to complete approximately 120 classroom hours and the EMT paramedic requires students to complete a two year Associate Degree program in emergency medical technology. To work in the state of Mississippi, all emergency medical technicians must pass a national examination for certification. Students interested in emergency medical technology should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
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Career Outlook:

Population growth and urbanization will increase demand for emergency medical technicians and paramedics by an average of 32% over the next 10 years. The increased demand is a result of the aging population of baby boomers and because more communities are moving from volunteer EMT's and paramedics to full time paid positions. The greatest demand for EMT's and paramedics is expected to occur in hospitals and private ambulance services.




Average Annual Salary $27,900

Salary Range
$22,600 to $36,500

Professional Organizations:

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
408 Monroe Street
Clinton, MS 39056-4210
Phone: (800) 346-2368
Phone: (601) 924-7744
Fax: (601) 924-7325

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
P.O. Box 29233
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: (614) 888-4484
Fax: (614) 888-8920

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