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Paramedics are among the first to arrive on the scene in an emergency. They provide medical services to ill or injured people by treating them on the spot and transporting them to medical facilities.
Paramedic jobs are stressful because they are nearly always in an emergency setting. Their jobs involve a lot of heavy lifting and kneeling in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time. They provide medical services in a variety of places, including moving ambulances and outside during inclement weather. Typical duties of a paramedic include assessing a patient’s condition, administering medication and CPR, transporting patients and interpreting EKGs.
Emergencies can happen at any time, so paramedics work a variety of hours. Nights, weekends and holidays are common. Paramedics can do more than EMTs and require significantly more training—approximately 1300 hours of training are required which can take up to 2 years to complete. Applicants may need an associate’s degree to qualify for some paramedic positions.
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