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Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics Go Back to List
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
 Tools & Technology
 Tools used in this occupation:
 
  • Wheel chocks
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  • Ambulances
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  • Glass cutters
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  • Hacksaw
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  • Sledge hammer
  •  Technology used in this occupation:
     
  • Information retrieval or search software
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  • Medical software
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  • Word processing software
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  • Spreadsheet software
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  • Office suite software
  •  Tasks
     
  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
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  • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
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  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
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  • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenish first aid equipment and supplies.
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  • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
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  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
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  • Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.
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  • Comfort and reassure patients.
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  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
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  • Communicate with dispatchers or treatment center personnel to provide information about situation, to arrange reception of victims, or to receive instructions for further treatment.
  •  Skills
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  •  Knowledge
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
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  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
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  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
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  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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  • Transportation - Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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     Education & Training
      Education:   Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
      Related Experience:   Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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     Wage Information
     
    Region Average Entry Level  Mid-Range 
    Annual  Hourly 
    Statewide $48,550.00 $23.35  $17.04  $19.24 - $27.75 
    Bridgeport/Stamford $53,749.00 $25.84  $19.70  $21.57 - $29.95 
    Hartford $45,249.00 $21.75  $15.47  $17.84 - $25.65 
    New Haven $50,357.00 $24.21  $18.29  $19.77 - $28.61 
    New London/Norwich $42,629.00 $20.49  $12.69  $13.99 - $25.06 
     Occupation Outlook ( 2016 - 2026 )
    Average Annual Job Openings:   260
      Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer very good job opportunities.
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