Emergency Medical Care Career Opportunities

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Emergency medicine and prehospital service careers are some of the fastest growing segments in the job market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are projected to grow 7 percent before 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.   

Contributing factors include population growth, aging populations and shifting roles due to the rise in interest in community paramedicine. 

Many individuals begin their careers as an EMT. Paramedic training can lead to more opportunities, but training alone may not be enough for long-term career advancement. As the profession grows, individuals will need a college degree to set themselves apart.

Education requirements are expected to increase in the coming years. Those who want to teach in accredited colleges around the country will also need additional education. Lead instructors need associate degrees, and education directors need bachelor’s degrees. As the science continues to evolve, educated practitioners are going to be needed to teach future generations. 

Alumni surveys indicate that EKU emergency medical care students hold administrative positions within two years of graduation.

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Emergency Medical Care Career Salary Information

National

Median Annual Salary
$36,650/year
6% growth increase thru 2029
Though not required, a degree is typically preferred for entry-level positions

Local

Median Annual Salary
$31,651/year
Updated May 2021
Highest paying cities for Emergency Medical professionals in Kentucky
Fort Knox, KY
$55,168
Louisville, KY
$51,253
Georgetown, KY
$43,398

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

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