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Working As A Medic

  • 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

  • $46,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medic Do

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 workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

A 911 operator sends EMTs and paramedics to the scene of an emergency, where they often work with police and firefighters.

Duties

EMTs and paramedics typically do the following:

  • Respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or bandaging a wound
  • Assess a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment
  • Provide first-aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured patients
  • Transport patients safely in an ambulance
  • Transfer patients to the emergency department of a hospital or other healthcare facility
  • Report their observations and treatment to physicians, nurses, or other healthcare facility staff
  • Document medical care given to patients
  • Inventory, replace, and clean supplies and equipment after use

When transporting a patient in an ambulance, one EMT or paramedic may drive the ambulance while another monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care. Some paramedics work as part of a helicopter’s or an airplane’s flight crew to transport critically ill or injured patients to a hospital.

EMTs and paramedics also transport patients from one medical facility to another. Some patients may need to be transferred to a hospital that specializes in treating their particular injury or illness or to a facility that provides long-term care, such as a nursing home.

If a patient has a contagious disease, EMTs and paramedics decontaminate the interior of the ambulance and may need to report the case to the proper authorities.

The specific responsibilities of EMTs and paramedics depend on their level of certification and the state they work in. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides national certification of EMTs and paramedics at three levels: EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic. Some states, however, have their own certification programs and use similar titles.

An EMT, also known as an EMT-Basic, cares for patients at the scene of an incident and while taking patients by ambulance to a hospital. An EMT has the skills to assess a patient’s condition and to manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

An Advanced EMT, also known as an EMT-Intermediate, has completed the requirements for the EMT level, as well as instruction in more advanced medical procedures, such as administering intravenous fluids and some medications.

Paramedics provide more extensive prehospital care than do EMTs. In addition to doing the tasks of EMTs, paramedics can give medications orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs)—which monitor heart function—and use other monitors and complex equipment.

The specific tasks or procedures EMTs and paramedics are allowed to perform at any level vary by state.

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How To Become A Medic

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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Medic Career Paths

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Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Team Leader
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Utilization Review Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Staff Nurse Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technician Team Leader Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Technician Consultant Case Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Instructor Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Director
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Nurse Specialist Compliance Specialist
Compliance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Instructor Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Director Of Admissions
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Pharmacist Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Specialist Therapist Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Specialist Officer Operations Officer
Chief Deputy
8 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Office Manager Owner/Manager
Internet Sales Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Clinical Coordinator Patient Care Manager
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Medical Technologist Lead
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Firefighter/Medic 5.8 years
Combat Medic 4.6 years
Medical Specialist 4.2 years
Medic 3.0 years
Medical Assistant 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Medic
Cashier 9.6%
Paramedic 6.1%
Internship 4.8%
Volunteer 4.6%
Technician 2.5%
Supervisor 2.4%
Manager 2.4%
Top Careers After Medic
Paramedic 6.2%
Cashier 6.1%
Volunteer 3.2%
Technician 3.1%
Nurse 3.1%
Supervisor 2.9%
Manager 2.8%
Internship 2.8%
Instructor 2.6%

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Average Yearly Salary
$46,000
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$26,000
Min 10%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$46,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Vanda Pharmaceuticals
Highest Paying City
Oakland, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.2 years
How much does a Medic make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medic in the United States is $46,505 per year or $22 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $80,000.

Real Medic Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Post Graduate IV Saint Luke's Health System Kansas City, MO Feb 01, 2011 $177,395 -
$229,570
Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Franklin Medical Group, P.C. Waterbury, CT Oct 01, 2010 $177,395 -
$105
Discovery Medical Network, INC. Discovery Medical Network, Inc. Jacksboro, TX Oct 01, 2013 $171,000
City Medical Specilaist III Department of Health & Mental Hygiene New York, NY Apr 02, 2010 $144,000
Alliance Medical Group, INC. Alliance Medical Group, Inc. Waterbury, CT Jul 01, 2014 $78,800
Branch Medical Group Branch Medical Group Phoenixville, PA May 01, 2012 $63,512 -
$73,512
Medical Fello St. Luke's University Hospital Allentown, PA Jul 01, 2015 $62,843
Medical Fellowship Congress Orthopaedic Associates Pasadena, CA Aug 01, 2015 $60,000
Medical Fellowship Southern California Orthopedic Institute CA Aug 01, 2010 $55,008
Medical Redident-Neurology Henry Ford Health System Detroit, MI Jul 01, 2010 $53,620
Medical Residnet Robert Packer Hospital Sayre, PA Jul 01, 2010 $45,059
Medical Tcehnologist Putnam County Memorial Hospital Unionville, MO Oct 31, 2007 $41,990
Medical Tcehnologist Putnam County Memorial Hospital Unionville, MO Oct 25, 2007 $41,990

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Top Skills for A Medic

  1. Patient Care
  2. Emergency Care
  3. Vital Signs
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  • Worked quickly and efficiently under pressure improvising and adapting as required to offer quality patient care.
  • Worked alone as sole standby emergency care provider at various facilities and events (athletic/non-athletic)
  • Prepared patients for examination while completing and documenting medical history and vital signs.
  • Experience administering EKG's accurately and efficiently.
  • Contacted and requested insurance companies regarding incorrect payments or services billed.

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Top 10 Best States for Medics

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. Arizona
  4. Rhode Island
  5. Connecticut
  6. Massachusetts
  7. Maryland
  8. Washington
  9. Vermont
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Medic Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applier with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate. At Zippia, we went through over 11,985 Medic resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Medic Demographics

Gender

Female

49.6%

Male

36.5%

Unknown

13.9%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

18.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

63.7%

French

5.8%

German

4.5%

Chinese

2.8%

Arabic

2.6%

Portuguese

2.4%

Hindi

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Cantonese

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Mandarin

1.5%

Korean

1.5%

Thai

1.1%

Italian

1.1%

Tagalog

0.9%

Urdu

0.9%

Vietnamese

0.6%

Filipino

0.6%

Hausa

0.4%
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Medic Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

17.1%

Everest Institute

8.4%

Kaplan University

8.4%

The Academy

7.3%

Remington College

6.7%

Community College of the Air Force

5.4%

Liberty University

4.8%

Columbia Southern University

4.1%

Central Texas College

4.0%

Grand Canyon University

3.6%

Walden University

3.3%

Excelsior College

3.3%

University of South Florida

3.3%

San Antonio College

3.3%

South University

3.1%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

3.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.8%

Arizona State University

2.7%

Miami Dade College

2.7%

Ashford University

2.6%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

22.0%

Nursing

21.9%

Business

10.4%

Health Care Administration

7.4%

Medical Technician

6.5%

Psychology

3.3%

Biology

3.2%

Pharmacy

3.0%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

General Studies

2.9%

Medicine

2.8%

Education

2.0%

Management

1.9%

Nursing Assistants

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.3%

Computer Science

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.3%

Fire Science And Protection

1.2%
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Degrees

Other

32.8%

Bachelors

23.4%

Associate

16.0%

Masters

10.0%

Certificate

8.5%

Diploma

5.2%

Doctorate

3.3%

License

1.0%
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