Employment Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics. In addition, emergency rooms are frequently overcrowded, which increases the amount of time that the EMTs and paramedics must spend with each patient. This is also likely to increase the number of potential positions. Job prospects are expected to be good since paid employees are needed to replace volunteers who have a high turnover rate.

According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in Massachusetts is $39,650 annually, or $19.06/hour (May 2015), which is much higher than the national average.