What does an Emergency Medical Technician 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.

Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Emergency Medical Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$1,100 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $1K
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Emergency Medical Technician Career Path

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Emergency Medical Technician

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Emergency Medical Technician Insights

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St. Francis Regional Medical CenterSt. Francis Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
4 Dec 2021

“My very first preceptor (trainer) was really nice and I learned a lot from her.”

17 Jan 2021

“There were some people who weren’t my favorite to work with but everyone else was great”

Brewster AmbulanceBrewster Ambulance
17 Feb 2023

“Starting as a new EMT this is a great way to get a field for private EMS”

UM St. Joseph Medical CenterUM St. Joseph Medical Center
Emergency Room Technician
14 Apr 2021

“It’s a good place to start but I definitely don’t see much career growth here.”

Weiss Memorial HospitalWeiss Memorial Hospital
Emergency Room Technician
30 Dec 2021

“If you're just starting out this is a great place to start your career.”

Eagle AmbulanceEagle Ambulance
30 Sept 2021

“Eagle has one of the best management teams I've had the pleasure of working under in EMS.”

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
16 Nov 2021

“The pay for 24 hours would be 14 an hour and if it was a 12 hour day then it would be 18.”

AdventHealth OrlandoAdventHealth Orlando
Director of Emergency Services
12 Sept 2021

“The quality of the people who work here are top notch and some of the best people you could work with.”

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