1) You like to help people
This one is obvious – if you genuinely care about people, few things are more rewarding than saving a person’s life. As an EMT, you’ll get to do that on a daily basis.
2) You want a career you can advance in
While all EMTs start off as an EMT Basic (also known as EMT-B), your career doesn’t stop there. From EMT-B on, you can become and EMT Intermediate or EMT Paramedic. Many individuals interested in a medical career also get their start as EMTs. The sky’s the limit!
3) You want to be a part of the healthcare industry
As you may know, the healthcare industry is the fastest growing sector in the US. If your long term goal is to work in the medical field either as an EMT or as another type of healthcare professional, becoming an EMT is a great way to begin your career and learn more about healthcare.
4) You want an exciting career
No two days are the same as an EMT. Sometimes that can be hard, but if you thrive on variety and adventure and think being someone’s hero every day sounds exciting – it is.
5) You want a stable career
While your day to day may have a ton of variety, paramedics are always needed. Whether you live in an urban or rural setting, or in a community struggling economically or thriving, society needs EMTs to operate. Talk about job security!
6) You like to stay in shape
Paramedics need to stay in shape to be able to effectively perform their job duties. If you like working out, or just need an incentive to keep trim, working as an EMT is a great motivator.
7) You like being a team player
As an EMT, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your coworkers. If you’re an extrovert and enjoy making life-long friendships, this is a great opportunity to get to know others with similar values and interests.
8) You hate the idea of spending 8 hours in a cubicle
If the idea of sitting all day and staring at a computer screen sounds like your worst nightmare, becoming a paramedic might be for you. You’ll constantly be driving and traveling, and you’ll also get plenty of exercise helping patients. (See #6!)
9) You want to keep learning
A lot of EMT services let you work while you get certified – meaning whether you’re working to become an EMT-B or moving up the ranks to a paramedic, you’ll have the opportunity to both learn on the job and get certified while doing so.
10) You like to work hard – and play hard
As an EMT you’ll work shifts that are often long and hard for days in a row. However, this means that while you may, for example, work four 10 hour shifts, you’ll also get a solid few days off afterwards. That means more time for friends, family, and fun.