EMT Salary and Career Interview

If you are considering a career as an emergency medical technician, certified paramedic or even registered nurse. This interview may shed some light on any questions you may have going into a schooling program. Although this interview was done in Texas, the basis for education for this career is similar nation wide. Salaries will vary from state to state and with experience etc. This interview was done with the purpose to give you an idea of what you can expect in salary, job demand and schooling. As discussed in the interview, EMT basic schooling is a launching pad for anyone who may be considering a career as a certified paramedic or even a registered nurse. This interview was conducted with Todd M. of Texas.

1. What is your job title? And how long have you been employed at this current position?
EMT Basic and for a little over 7 months

2. How old are you?

3. Do you enjoy your job? And Rate your job from 1 to 10
Yes! From 1 to 10- I would rate my job an 8.

4. What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like the schedule a lot. I am scheduled to work 3-12 hour shifts per week. Then I have 4 days off in a row which I can use to pick up extra shifts if I want to make extra money.

5. Where are you currently employed?
Guardian EMS located in Texas

6. Was it hard to find a job after you graduated?
Before I attended school, there were quite a few places hiring, but after I graduated it seemed that the job market was down a little bit. It took me approximately 4 months to land a job after applying at over 10 different companies.

7. How much did you expect to earn per hour when you graduated from your emt training program?
I expected to make around $10.50 per hour

8. Now that you have graduated and are now working as an Emergency Medical Technician what was your starting pay and have you since received any pay raises?
I started out at $10.65 per hour and I have not received a pay raise yet.

9. How much do you expect to be earning in 5 years and in 10 years?
Well right now I am EMT basic, and I know that the average emt salary is close to $32,000, but I plan on becoming a certified paramedic which will increase my pay by hopefully $5 per hour. Once I have become a certified paramedic, many technical schools offer bridge programs that allow one to go from a paramedic to becoming a registered nurse. Once I have become a registered nurse I expect a huge bump in salary, possibly making $80,000 per year and up.

10. Start to finish how long did your training take?
4 months

11. Where did you receive formal training? And about how much did you pay in tuition?
Started at one community college in Texas (Delmar College) then moved to Colorado to finish training at a community college there. (North Eastern Junior College) Tuition cost me about $1300.

12. Did your tuition fees include all necessary fees to complete training? If not, explain.
No. Books ($150), stethoscope ($14-$250), blood pressure cuff ($20), as well as a $60 dollar uniform were required by Delmar during training. These fees were all extra and paid out of pocket.

13. Where classes harder or easier than expected?

14. What was the toughest part of your formal education?
Keeping up with the assigned chapters that needed to be read for each exam. Classes were 3 nights a week and I worked a full time job. We were required to read 4 to 5 chapters per week, plus a work book… if I fell behind it was tough to catch up.

15. Now that you have completed your education and are currently working, are you glad with the choice you made to pursue a fast track career as an EMT?
Yes absolutely!

16. Would you recommend this career choice to others?
Yes I would.

17. Do you have any advice that you can offer someone who is considering taking the same career choice as you have taken?
Yes! First call the school you are thinking about attending and find out what main book and work book the school will be using. Then purchase that book a couple months in advance and start reading through it to familiarize yourself with the course. This is a great way to get ahead of course program and also allows the student to know what the class offers and what is in store for the term of the program.

Another tip I can offer is when buying medical supplies for the program, do not get hung up on buying expensive products because some of the stuff you can buy for less is still really good quality.

Also keep in mind that you will spend time in the back of an ambulance actually performing patient care and not just sitting up front driving around like a taxi driver.