If you want to save people's lives and limbs, work in a high-demand industry, and possess stamina and a cool, calm, clear mind
in high pressure situations, a Paramedic degree or certification could be the right fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Paramedic students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years) or certification program at a community college or
technical school, with a mix of classroom and on-the-job instruction. Paramedicine professionals must be licensed
by the state in which they work.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Paramedic Degree Or Certification
Given the narrow, concentrated scope of technical education programs, graduates of a Paramedic degree or
certification program typically go on to become a Paramedic or an Emergency Medical Technician.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for EMTs and Paramedics was $35,400 in
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of
Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, EMTs and Paramedics,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm (visited June 27, 2020).