Paramedic Employment Data

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics. The need for volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.

 

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

Job opportunities should be good because the growing population will require more emergency services generally. There will also be a need to replace workers who leave the occupation due to the high stress nature of the job or to seek job opportunities in other healthcare occupations.

 *Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics


Quick Facts: EMTs and Paramedics

 

2019 Median Pay

$35,400 per year
$17.02 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Postsecondary nondegree award

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

None

On-the-job Training

None

Number of Jobs, 2018

262,100

Job Outlook, 2018-28

7% (Faster than the average)

Employment Change, 2018-28

18,700

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