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Become An Emergency Department Technologist

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Working As An Emergency Department Technologist

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Stressful

  • Make Decisions

  • $46,050

    Average Salary

What Does An Emergency Department Technologist Do

An Emergency Department Technologist collects samples for laboratory analysis, takes medical history, and records vital signs in patients’ medical records. They work with doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel.

How To Become An Emergency Department Technologist

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics must complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.

Education

Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree. Programs in emergency medical technology are offered by technical institutes, community colleges, and facilities that specialize in emergency care training.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs offers a list of accredited programs for EMTs and paramedics, by state.

Programs at the EMT level include instruction in assessing patients’ conditions, dealing with trauma and cardiac emergencies, clearing obstructed airways, using field equipment, and handling emergencies. Formal courses include about 150 hours of specialized instruction, and some instruction may take place in a hospital or ambulance setting.

Programs at the Advanced EMT level typically require about 400 hours of instruction. At this level, candidates learn EMT-level skills as well as more advanced ones, such as using complex airway devices, intravenous fluids, and some medications.

Paramedics have the most advanced level of education. They must complete EMT and Advanced EMT levels of instruction, along with courses in advanced medical skills. Community colleges and technical schools may offer these programs, which require about 1,200 hours of instruction and may lead to an associate’s degree. Paramedics’ broader scope of practice may include stitching wounds or administering intravenous medications.

High school students interested in becoming EMTs or paramedics should take courses in anatomy and physiology.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies EMTs and paramedics. All levels of NREMT certification require completing a certified education program and passing the national exam. The national exam has both written and practical parts.

All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state. In most states, an individual who has NREMT certification qualifies for licensure; in others, passing an equivalent state exam is required. Usually, an applicant must be over the age of 18. Many states require background checks and may not give a license to an applicant who has a criminal history.

Although some emergency medical services hire separate drivers, most EMTs and paramedics take a course requiring about 8 hours of instruction before they can drive an ambulance.

Important Qualities

Compassion. EMTs and paramedics must be able to provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.

Interpersonal skills. EMTs and paramedics usually work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.

Listening skills. EMTs and paramedics need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.

Physical strength. EMTs and paramedics need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.

Problem-solving skills. EMTs and paramedics must evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer appropriate treatments.

Speaking skills. EMTs and paramedics need to clearly explain procedures to patients, give orders, and relay information to others.

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Emergency Department Technologist Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    58.2%
  • Male

    40.1%
  • Unknown

    1.8%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.6%
  • Asian

    6.5%
  • Unknown

    1.6%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    54.7%
  • French

    10.7%
  • Italian

    4.0%
  • Portuguese

    4.0%
  • Romanian

    2.7%
  • Thai

    2.7%
  • Croatian

    2.7%
  • German

    2.7%
  • Swahili

    1.3%
  • Swedish

    1.3%
  • Vietnamese

    1.3%
  • Somali

    1.3%
  • Bosnian

    1.3%
  • Turkish

    1.3%
  • Cantonese

    1.3%
  • Greek

    1.3%
  • Burmese

    1.3%
  • Carrier

    1.3%
  • Hausa

    1.3%
  • Chinese

    1.3%
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Real Emergency Department Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Emergency Department Physician Mayo Clinic Austin, MN Nov 02, 2016 $358,000
Emergency Department Physician Ellis Hospital Schenectady, NY Jan 11, 2016 $313,050
Emergency Department Physician Ellis Hospital Schenectady, NY Jan 09, 2016 $313,050
Physician-Emergency Department GWU Medical Faculty Associates Washington, DC Jan 01, 2015 $313,050
Emergency Department Physician Golden Heart Emergency Physicians, PC Fairbanks, AK Jan 02, 2011 $313,050
Emergency Department Physician Golden Heart Emergency Physicians Inc. Fairbanks, AK Jan 02, 2011 $313,050
Emergency Department Physician Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, LLC Queenstown, MD Jan 07, 2016 $296,000
Emergency Department Physician Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, LLC Chestertown, MD Jan 07, 2016 $296,000
Emergency Department Physician Eastern Shore Emergency Medicine Physicians, LLC Laurel, MD Jan 07, 2016 $296,000
Emergency Department Physician Northwestern Medical Center, Inc. Saint Albans, VT Aug 15, 2009 $274,211
Emergency Department Physician Inland Hospital Waterville, ME Aug 31, 2016 $254,985
Emergency Department Physician Inland Hospital ME Aug 31, 2013 $240,000
Emergency Department Physician Redington-Fairview General Hospital Skowhegan, ME Jun 09, 2011 $233,099
Emergency Department Physician Medstar Washington Hospital Center Washington, DC Jan 08, 2016 $230,000
Emergency Department Physician Professional Emergency Care, P.C. Dearborn, MI Jul 01, 2010 $226,800
Emergency Department Physician Professional Emergency Care, P.C. Taylor, MI Jul 01, 2010 $226,800
Emergency Department Physician Inland Hospital ME Aug 30, 2010 $221,222
Emergency Department Physician Inland Hospital Waterville, ME Oct 09, 2012 $215,000 -
$280,000
Emergency Department Physician Southeasthealth Cape Girardeau, MO Mar 30, 2016 $205,000
Emergency Department Physician Southeast Hospital Cape Girardeau, MO Jul 29, 2016 $205,000
Physician, Emergency Department Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Waterbury, CT Aug 28, 2011 $200,000 -
$260,000
Physician-Emergency Department Texas Em-I Medical Services Fort Worth, TX Jun 19, 2011 $195,000 -
$295,000
Physician, Emergency Department Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Waterbury, CT Jul 01, 2011 $180,000 -
$260,000
Physician, Emergency Department Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Waterbury, CT Oct 01, 2010 $177,395 -
$105
Physician, Emergency Department Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Waterbury, CT Jul 20, 2009 $177,395 -
$219,135

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Top Skills for An Emergency Department Technologist

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Top Emergency Department Technologist Skills

  1. Perform Ekgs
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. Vital Signs
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide direct patient care and support services to patient, patient's families and the physician or physician assistant.
  • Performed ongoing assessments by taking the patients vital signs every four hours or as needed.
  • Served as an emergency department technician and laboratory assistant.
  • Performed phlebotomy on infants up through geriatrics including trauma and agitated or violent patients with a 99% success rate.
  • Escorted patients that had orders from the physicians for outside privileges.

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