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Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

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Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

    Work Activities
    • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
    • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
    • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
    • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
    • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
    • Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
    • Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities.
    • Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.
    • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
    • Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
    • Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenish first aid equipment and supplies.
    • Communicate with dispatchers or treatment center personnel to provide information about situation, to arrange reception of victims, or to receive instructions for further treatment.
    • Coordinate with treatment center personnel to obtain patients' vital statistics and medical history, to determine the circumstances of the emergency, and to administer emergency treatment.
    • Comfort and reassure patients.
    • Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge.
    Skills
    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • 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.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $30,200/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $14.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 11,100
    • Yearly Projected Openings 820
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    Tools
    • Spine boards
    • Orthopedic splint systems
    • Laryngoscopes or accessories
    • Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
    • Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Information retrieval or search software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.