EMS Careers

EMS practitioner levels as described in the current National EMS Scope of Practice Model are listed below. 


EMS Training Levels

  • Emergency Medical Responder

  • Emergency Medical Technician

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

  • Paramedic

Additional Information about careers in EMS:


Management
Beyond providing care in the field, many EMS practitioners seek positions in management. EMS systems are diverse in structure and scope, and may have unique positions and designations. A title such as Field Training Officer can mean different things in different organizations. Whatever positions are called, as systems grow, they are likely to develop increased vertical promotional opportunities. The National EMS Management Association has developed a framework to standardize EMS officer levels (supervising, managing and executive) and competencies, which it hopes will be nationally accepted.

Advanced Certifications
The Board for Critical Care Transport Certification (BCCTPC) is a non-profit organization responsible for the development and administration of the Flight Paramedic Certification (FP-C®), Critical Care Paramedic Certification (CCP-C®), and the Tactical Paramedic Certification (TP-C®) exams. 

The mission of the BCCTPC is to improve the critical care transport community. This is accomplished by providing a certification exam that is an objective, fair, and honest validation of critical care paramedic knowledge. For additional information about their certification programs, contact help@bcctpc.org

More
Call-taking and dispatch remain a vital first link of the emergency response chain and come with increasing responsibilities. Depending on a system and its coverage area, career opportunities may also exist in areas like wilderness EMS, special operations, special events, hazardous materials, quality management and other areas. EMS in America is only going to grow in coming years, and will have no shortage of ways for willing providers to embrace, advance and support their profession.

Where the Jobs Are
• Private ambulance services: 40 percent
• Local governments: 30 percent
• Hospitals: 20 percent
• Other: 10 percent

Source: EMS Workforce for the 21st Century: A National Assessment

Future Job Market
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment for EMS practitioners is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2016. This segment is expected to have 19 percent growth, which is due in part to paid personnel replacing volunteers in some parts of the country, as well as the aging Baby Boomer population’s increased need for emergency medical care.

The Labor Department predicts that employment prospects should be good, particularly in cities and private ambulance services. For current job opportunities, please visit our EMS Job Center.