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Become An Emergency Room Technician

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Working As An Emergency Room Technician

  • 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 Room Technician Do

An Emergency Room Technician works in emergency departments dealing with patients who suffer from medical emergencies. They also assist with transporting patients into and out of the department for different medical tests.

How To Become An Emergency Room Technician

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.


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 Room Technician Career Paths

Emergency Room Technician
Medical Assistant Office Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Assistant Director Of Nursing
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Assistant Director Office Manager
Business Office Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Paramedic Instructor Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Emergency Room Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Technical Support Specialist Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Emergency Room Nurse Nurse Nursing Director
Interim Director
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Account Manager Sales Consultant
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Firefighter/Paramedic Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medic Pharmacist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Case Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Paramedic Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Clinical Manager Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Technician Specialist Account Manager
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Registered Nurse Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Home Health Aid Warehouse Associate
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Emergency Room Technician Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Italian

  • German

  • Vietnamese

  • Korean

  • Albanian

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Polish

  • Cherokee

  • Romanian

  • Hmong

  • Somali

  • Malay

  • Bengali

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Top Skills for An Emergency Room Technician


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Top Emergency Room Technician Skills

  1. Perform EKG
  2. Direct Patient Care
  3. IV
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform EKG's, Perform urinalysis, microbiology and related specimen collections.
  • Provided Direct patient care through assisting with activities of daily living in acute setting.
  • Maintained patient check in, dismissals, and diagnosis records as well as EMS patient arrivals and transfers.
  • General patient care; EKG's; Phlebotomy;
  • Perform CPR if necessary and assists with the set up for a code.

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