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#1 TrueBlueShark007

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 03:07 AM



My name is Harrison and I'm currently a college student in my Sophmore year up at the University of Washington in Seattle. I registered on here hoping that you guys could give me some feedback because I've wanted to be a Paramedic since early High School. Hopefully it's alright that I don't have any current formal training. I didn't see any posts from people that weren't at least in EMT school, but I'm hoping it's because I didn't look far enough.


Anyways! My plan is to graduate my college with a BS in Chemistry and then start my training to eventually become a Paramedic. My mom said if I wanted to live off their money for schooling, I had to get a degree before I did anything. I'm totally fine with it though, seeing as it will be a good fall-back in case I ever want to go back to school. 


So I do have a few questions for you guys and gals.


1) My first is what is the pay like? I've researched around and it's obviously based on where you practice, who employs you, and your level of training. But I'm looking to just live comfortably. I don't want to own a ferrari and spend money on all sorts of unnecessary luxuries, but I do want to have money to do with what I wish. Will I be able to do that? Any advice or feedback you guys have on that issue would be great as it's the most important one my parents have stressed to me.


2) Where should I get my training done? Are some places better to train than others? Will some places look better? And who should I prefer to employ me? Is working for a county better than private practice or vice versa?


3) Do you enjoy what you do? I want to become a Paramedic because I want to save lives and help people. It just seems like something I could be good at and enjoy doing while making a living. 


I realize these questions probably come up quite a lot, but I finally registered on a site like this because I was looking for a type of topic I could respond to with my own situation. 


Thanks so much!



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

1. You're going to start as an EMT-Basic, you don't want to know that pay. The bachelors degree will not be in your favor regarding pay. Once you get to the paramedic level its decent pay that you can live off, don't expect to become rich. Do not get into this profession for the money or you wont last too long.

2. Any place that offers the training is good. I would not really say that any are better than the other because they all have to match up to certain standard to be certified to teach emt's. County vs. Private is pretty hard to answer because it really all depends on location and how much they are generally willing to pay.

3. I love the job, in my personal view you have to.

Best of luck and welcome to the city. There should be a few to several other users that will give you their input on it all.

Edited by PattonEMT, 06 January 2013 - 10:37 AM.

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#3 medicgirl05

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:42 PM

Welcome to the City!


1) The pay fluxuates as to where and who you work for. I am in Texas and work for a county based service and I make more money than most of my friends with college degrees. Plus most of the EMS schedules allow you to work a part time job when money is tight. I work part time for a private service but only work shifts when I feel the need. Usually before Christmas I pick up a few shifts and then again before vacation.


2.)It is hard to say what training will be best for you because I do not know about your area.


3.)Most of the time I love my job. There are days when it is hard and I question what I am doing, but then I have a little old lady who appreciates me and it all works out!

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#4 MariB

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:28 PM

I am an EMT student and will start medic classes shortly after. I am part of a volunteer squad.
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#5 ERDoc



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Posted 06 January 2013 - 05:34 PM

Do you mind if I ask why you are not planning on medical school?  There is nothing wrong with being a paramedic but at that point you are half way to your MD/DO, why not just keep going?  If you find EMS is a passion, you can still be involved.  There is a new subspecialty in EMS for those who are EM trained.

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