Why begin an EMS career?

An EMS career fits that category with high demand and an expected growth rate of 9% over the next ten years

If you're looking for a career change or are just setting out on your own, you might consider a career in EMS (emergency medical services). Why begin an EMS career? Here are some great reasons:

In these times of rampant unemployment, it's important to train for a career where there are plenty of jobs. An EMS career fits that category with high demand and an expected growth rate of 9% over the next ten years.

There are about 210,700 EMS workers currently working in the U.S. While the growth rate isn't considered above average for careers in the U.S., it is a healthy rate, which means that the likelihood that you'll get a job after completing training is very good.

One reason that EMS career openings are increasing is the fact that our population is rapidly aging. Current data shows that roughly 30% of the population is over the age of 50 with that segment of the population continuing to age. Because older people need more medical care, they also require more EMS services than people of a younger age.

Another reason that EMS careers are increasing is the overcrowding of the nation's emergency rooms. This means that EMTs and paramedics spend more time with their patients while they're waiting for an opening. Since they can't go to another emergency until their current patient is released to the hospital, more EMS personnel need to be hired.

If you're considering an EMS career, you should also think about the rate of pay you'll receive as an EMT or paramedic. While you won't get rich as an EMS worker, you will have good job stability and a decent rate of pay. Salaries for EMS careers vary greatly according to region, as do job openings.

The most jobs for EMS workers are in California, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois. The pay for EMS careers ranges from $9.48 to $24.70 with the average rate of pay at $14.60. Salaries range from $19,710 to $51,370 yearly and the median salary is $30,360. The states that pay the most to EMS workers are District of Colombia, Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

Another reason for choosing an EMS careers is service to your community. While the job can be extremely stressful at times, it also gives you a chance to help people who are often in life and death situations. Imagine the great feeling an EMT or paramedic has after saving a child from drowning, delivering a baby or rescuing a person who's been in a car accident. An EMS career can be extremely rewarding in this way.

While EMS careers aren't for everyone – you do need to be able to think clearly and function quickly in crisis situations – it's a rewarding career choice for many people.

About the author

EMS 101 articles are intended to educate a non-emergency medical services audience about the emergency medical services profession. These articles are written by EMS1 staff members and EMS1 contributors, and cover a wide range of topics from EMS protocols all paramedics & EMTs should follow to an overview of the necessary requirements for becoming a paramedic.

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