Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-2041 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings. Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments. Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride. Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment. Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures. Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher. Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities. Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures under a physician's direction. Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device. Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
License: This applicant should submit an application on forms provided by the State Department of Public Health with appropriate fees attached. Applicant should ensure the application is complete and includes any additional information requested by the Office of EMS and Trauma. License Fee: $12.00 Renewal Fee: $12.00
Outlook: Very Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $10.43   Entry $21,700.00
Mean $14.60   Mean $30,364.00
Experience $16.68 Experience $34,695.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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