Last week Yahoo! published 8 Careers That Pay Less Than You Think and listed EMT as the first job thought to pay more than the average $27,000 a year. From their article:
You trust these professionals with your life. They’re the people who step in to help those who are sick, injured or in danger, at times even placing themselves in precarious situations in the process. However, you might be surprised to learn that emergency medical technicians (or EMTs) aren’t earning the big bucks. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average income for this occupation is only about $27,000 per year. Considering that this position requires workers to obtain post-secondary education, be on call, work shift work and deal with a huge amount of stress, this wage seems incredibly low.
– Yahoo! 8 Careers That Pay Less Than You Think
I can understand why the public thinks EMTs and Paramedics make more than they actually do. This would also explain all the venomous comments on the news sites that take great pleasure deriding the profession when something goes awry. Then again, if we paid more, would those people even be in the profession anymore?
Of course, what they fail to mention is that the biggest payor for the Emergency Medical Services is tax payer funded. As the Supreme Court contemplates the constitutionality of mandated health insurance, the private insurances follow Medicare and Medicaid who continue to reduce reimbursements while our costs are on the rise. How are our agencies expected to increase the pay of the professionals with reduced budgets, reduced revenue, and increased costs without going out of business themselves?
The banks were once deemed “too big to fail”. Maybe its time we communicated that EMS was “too important to fail”. How do we do that?
Using social media is a good place to start…