This is a minute dip over last year and we still remain in the lower 25% of the 200 ranked jobs. Just to provide a little perspective, these are the rankings from the previous years:
- 2016 – EMT Ranked #159
- 2015 – EMT Ranked #173
- 2014 – EMT Ranked #178
- 2013 – EMT Ranked #96 (our highest ranking)
- 2012 – EMT Ranked #120
- 2011 – EMT Ranked #195 (#6 on Worst Jobs of 2011 List)
Although working in EMS may feel as tumultuous as ever the ranking seems to have stabilized in the lower end of the ratings; 2013 being a notable exception as the only time we broke into the top 50%.
The projected growth percentage remains a bit interesting. Once again I question whether this represents actual growth of the profession or does it provide camouflage for the consumption of souls through a grinder. With decreasing reimbursement, the rise of ride-share companies, and the seeming proliferation of traditional hospital alternative destinations just how much growth we can realistically expect to see in EMS is hard to gauge.
My bigger fear is that “growth” in EMS will be derived from the loss of volunteer services. I have long viewed volunteer EMS as a vital aspect of any providers career, especially in an industry where entry-level agencies offer little to no training after the anemic educational standards are met. Volunteer agencies present their own set of issues through an extremely low barrier to entry, skill degradation due to low call volume, and petty politics driven by inflated egos of both provider and agency. However the experience one can gain at a volunteer agency responding to actual calls can be invaluable for any pre-hospital care providers development.
So what do you think? Is EMS as bad as rated? Is it better? Worse? Let me know in the comments…