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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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Emergency Medical Technician Salaries

Average Base Pay

$57,843 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $58K
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Emergency Medical Technician Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

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2 - 4
5 - 7
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Emergency Medical Technician Insights

Read what Emergency Medical Technician professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
St. Francis Regional Medical CenterSt. Francis Regional Medical Center
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Dec 4, 2021

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

Jan 17, 2021

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

American Medical ResponseAmerican Medical Response
Emergency Medical Technician Basic
Jul 27, 2020

“Pay is the lowerst in the country but we get great bonuses for doing our job.”

UM St. Joseph Medical CenterUM St. Joseph Medical Center
Emergency Room Technician
Apr 14, 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
Dec 30, 2021

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

Eagle AmbulanceEagle Ambulance
Sept 30, 2021

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

VHC HealthVHC Health
Emergency Medical Technician
Mar 29, 2020

“Parking was sometimes difficult if i worked during midday shifts but thats just any busy hospital.”

American Medical ResponseAmerican Medical Response
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Nov 16, 2021

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

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The most similar professions to Emergency Medical Technician are:
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