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Job Description

“Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these first responders. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.”

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

Job Outlook

In Illinois, the number of EMTs and Paramedics is expected to grow by 10% between 2012 and 2022, with 137 new job openings projected per year (not counting replacements). The median salary for EMTs & Paramedics in the Chicago metro area was $54,344 in 2014.

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

Education Requirements

150-300 instruction hours for EMTs, 1,200 credit hours and in some cases an associate degree for Paramedics.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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