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!