I recently read in Maxim magazine that CareerCast.com ranked being an EMT as 195 out of 200 jobs surveyed. It ranked #6 in The 10 Worst Jobs of 2011.
Directly from the CareerCast.com summary:
On the other hand, jobs like EMT have considerably better hiring prospects, but rank among the 10 worst jobs of 2011 due to harsh working conditions, high stress and inexcusably low pay given the extremely important nature of the work.
Of course, if that’s not enough to make you doubt your choice of profession, Taxi Driver was ranked right above EMT.
Now I’m not trying to revive the great debates about better pay, better training, higher education, better working conditions, or any of the other debates that usually follows such an announcement of a statistical epiphany. I want to point out that the ranking is just that… a statistic.
One statistic that was left out of that survey was Job Satisfaction. In all fairness, CareerCast.com did publish a list of The 10 Most Satisfying Careers way back in January of 2011. While it should be noted that EMT does not appear in that list, they do happen to admit to this little fact about it:
However, before you seek out the fattest paycheck you can find, the NORC also notes that careers boasting the highest number of happy workers aren’t necessarily the best-paying. Instead, what truly makes employees feel satisfied is getting to help others, being creative or utilizing specialized technical expertise.
Being an EMT is still a field that predominantly helps others while utilizing specialized technical expertise. It’s a job where one can find personal satisfaction, which is something other careers have a tough time advertising.