Paramedics provide on-site emergency medical care to sick and injured people and are typically the first medical responders. They make the initial diagnosis, treat their patients if possible, and transport them to hospitals for more in-depth medical care. Once in a proper medical facility, a paramedic communicates their diagnosis and treatment to the emergency medical staff at the hospital.
A person interested in helping others who can adapt to rapidly changing situations, is flexible, and enjoys a fast-paced work environment might like a career as a paramedic. A paramedic program normally takes one to two years to complete and are available at technical schools, junior colleges, and community colleges. Job opportunities are expected to be good for many years.