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EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS AND PARAMEDICS - JOB OUTLOOK

EMTs and Paramedics Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, or acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. Demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas will also continue.

Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increase in the number of age-related health emergencies, such as heart attacks or strokes. This, in turn, will create greater demand for EMTs and paramedic services. An increase in the number of specialized medical facilities will require more EMTs and paramedics to transfer patients with specific conditions to these facilities for treatment.

Employment projections data for EMTs and paramedics, 2012-22

Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2012 Projected Employment, 2022 Change, 2012-22
Percent Numeric
Emergency medical technicians and paramedics 29-2041 239,100 294,400 23 55,300
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program
Last Modification: 01-26-2014
Source:
http://www.bls.gov