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Career and Education Opportunities for Emergency Medical Technicians

In general, emergency medical technicians assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. They also transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Emergency Medical Technician career.

STATES WITH Emergency Medical Technician OPPORTUNITIES

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

Emergency medical technicians attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge. They also comfort and reassure patients. Equally important, emergency medical technicians have to direct work with other emergency medical team members and police and fire department personnel. They are often called upon to immobilize patients for placement on stretchers and ambulance transport, using backboards or other spinal immobilization devices. They are expected to administer first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting. Finally, emergency medical technicians decontaminate ambulance interiors following treatment of patients with infectious diseases and report cases to proper authorities.

Every day, emergency medical technicians are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they lift, push and move large and heavy objects.