The U.S. department of Labor predicts 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.
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. Prospective firefighters will likely face strong competition for jobs. Many people are attracted to the job’s challenge and opportunity for public service. As a result, a department may receive hundreds of applicants for a single position. Physically-fit applicants with high test scores, some post-secondary firefighter education, and paramedic training should have the best job prospects.