Remember back in January when CareerCast.com ranked EMT as one of the top worst jobs of 2011? They cited the long hours, harsh work conditions, and low pay as reasons for their ranking.
An increasing call volume due to the country’s aging population is expected to keep job prospects high for EMTs and paramedics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects EMT and paramedic employment growth of 33.3 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 75,400 more professionals to the 226,500 jobs currently in this field. The profession’s strong expected growth helped boost it to the No. 15 spot in our ranking of The Best Jobs of 2012, right behind clinical laboratory technician and speech-language pathologist.
It feels pretty good going from being in the bottom to rising to the top, doesn’t it?
Of course, I have to question some of the US News stats. They claim that there are currently 226,500 jobs in the field, but we know from the 2011 National EMS Assessment report that there are 826,111 EMS professionals.
Could the difference between volunteers and paid personnel be causing this 600,000 job disparity? Maybe… maybe not. What do you think?