Emergency Medical Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

EMTs are health professionals trained to respond quickly to emergency situations. Military EMTs provide emergency medical treatment, limited primary care, force health protection, and evacuation in a variety of operational and clinical settings from point of injury or illness through the continuum of military healthcare. They may work in military health facilities or in the field.

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Work Environment

Emergency medical technicians usually work in hospitals and clinics on land or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Other Ambulatory Health Care Services
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required

Military Workforce

Emergency Medical Technicians in the Military

21,027

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Salary

Average Salary

$52,747

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 42%
  • Some college 29%
  • Associate's degree 11%
  • High school 10%
  • Bachelor's degree 4%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Job training for emergency medical technicians consists of classroom and on-the job instruction, including practice in providing patient care. Training content varies depending on specialty and may include: Emergency medical treatmentBasic patient careAnatomy and physiologyMinor surgical proceduresClinical laboratory proceduresMethods for diagnosing diseasesPlaster-casting techniques

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Education and Training
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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