EMT Certificates: Career Info for an EMT Certificate

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EMT certificates allow holders to work as a part of an emergency medical system as an Emergency Medical Technician or paramedic. Students in EMT certificate programs learn important skills used in emergency situations. The specific training given to those in EMT certificate programs may vary from state to state.
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Basics of an EMT Certificate

Prospective Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) must obtain official certification in order to work for emergency medical systems in the U.S., and the requirements for EMT certification can vary by state. In general, there are three levels of EMT worker in each state - EMT basic, EMT intermediate and paramedic. Each of these positions has individual certification requirements and required knowledge. EMT Certificate programs are offered at many community colleges as a 2-year Associate degree program or as a 1-year certificate program for those who meet academic prerequisites.

What Can I Do With an EMT Certificate?

Emergency medical system (EMS) workers can be employed by private ambulance services or municipal, county and state government emergency services. Some EMTs work for a city or county fire department and go on emergency calls with firefighters while others attend to emergencies as part of an ambulance team. Once certified as an EMT basic or EMT intermediate, EMTs can upgrade their certification to the next highest level of EMS worker through additional training. Some EMTs use the medical knowledge gained through certification as a foundation for a future medical career as a registered nurse, physician's assistant or doctor.

Economic Outlook for Careers Related to EMT Certificates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the EMT field should experience high job growth in the near future with good job prospects for prospective EMTs in urban areas and the private sector (www.bls.gov). Income for EMTs will vary based on certification level, experience and location, with certain cities and counties paying more generously than others. Some employers may also offer benefits, including retirement pensions. Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates that earnings for EMTs can range from under $17,300 to over $45,280 annually (www.bls.gov).

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