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Emergency Medical Technician Job Outlook

The job outlook for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is very good as overall employment is expected to increase by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020, much better than the average for all occupations. Emergencies such as car crashes, natural disasters, and violence will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. There will also continue to be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas.

Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increase in the number of age-related health emergencies, such as heart attacks or strokes. This, in turn, will foster an increase in the demand for EMTs and paramedic services. An increase in specialized medical facilities will also require more EMTs and paramedics to transfer patients with specific conditions to these facilities for treatment.

In recent years, companies that build ambulances have started to update and redesign their interiors to keep EMTs, paramedics, and patients safer during transport. These companies are hiring EMTs and paramedics as consultants to learn their ideas about such updates and designs.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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