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Emergency Medical Technology

3,668 Associates's Degrees Annually
323 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#13 in Popularity (Associate's)
$37,760 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Emergency Medical Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 18,503
Undergraduate Certificate 6,305
Associate’s Degree 3,710
Bachelor’s Degree 323

What Emergency Medical Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Majors

emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities for Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Majors

Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Emergency Medical Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic):

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 15.1% $34,320

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Technology?

3,710 Associate's Degrees Annually
33% Percent Women
25% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 67% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 41
Black or African American 146
Hispanic or Latino 591
White 2,668
International Students 13
Other Races/Ethnicities 251

Geographic Diversity

Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) appeals to people across the globe. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Emergency Medical Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $37,760 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Emergency Medical Technology Major  ( 37760 to 122320 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some degrees associated with emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 30.0%
Some College Courses 20.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.4%
Master’s Degree 11.7%
Doctoral Degree 8.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.2%

Online Emergency Medical Technology Programs

In 2018-2019, 733 schools offered a emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 449 7
Certificate (1-2 years) 431 9
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 507 12
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 449 7
Master’s Degree 3 3
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Emergency Medical Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) grad is $37,760 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic).

Major Number of Grads
Radiologic Technology 9,673
Surgical Technology/Technologist 7,958
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,034
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,530
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5,297
Athletic Training 4,064
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 1,908
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,429
Physician Assistant 811
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 773
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 645
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 580
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 337
Polysomnography 322
Mammography Technician/Technology 73
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 53
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist 43
Hearing Instrument Specialist 39
Gene/Genetic Therapy 17
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 10

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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