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FIRE MEDIC, IN-DEPTH: Key Career Decision - Don't Be Mediocre

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Raymond, a fire medic, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. He talks about the importance of constantly improving and building on your knowledge in this field because of constant change in technology.

Job Title: Fire Medic
Employer: Sarasota County Fire Department

Job Summary: Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

Job Description

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People's lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
30 to 40 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Military, Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Outdoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Empathy, People skills, Problem solving skills, Strength/stamina, Verbal communication skills, Courageous, Likes working with hands, Teamwork, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Trade/vocational School
High school degree
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