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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics most often work out of an ambulance and respond to emergency calls relayed to them through a dispatcher. Their vehicle serves as a mobile clinic and the paramedic team that operates it is responsible for keeping it stocked, sterilized, and fully operational at all times. Paramedics are trained in emergency care and life support procedures such as resuscitation, cardiac defibrillation, stomach suction, and clearing airway blockages. They will often administer emergency care while transporting the patient to a hospital. Paramedics will closely coordinate with other emergency medical teams (fire, police, rescue) to respond to crisis events.

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Degree Type: Associate Degree

Field: Health Science

County: Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, Caldwell

Visit Link: Emergency Medical Services Professions (ACC) Visit Link: Emergency Medical Technician (Temple College)

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Career Driven Skills Needed:

Health Driven Skills

Handles pressure, critical thinking, resourceful problem solver, excellent communication, team player, trained in advanced life support, pediatric advanced life support, emergency medical care, acute care, and mental health

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Average salary for experienced professionals is $41K, entry-level pay starts around $16-18 an hour