What It Takes
Many veterans are well positioned to thrive as an EMT/paramedic. Lots of the skills and attributes you develop in the military translate to these fast-paced jobs, and they’re a natural fit for people who want to stay on their toes—and deliver care to people who need it most.
A Desire to Help
If you’re good at looking out for others and always have a desire to help, EMT/paramedic might be a great fit.
This is a career where you can’t afford to make mistakes. That means making accurate, rapid assessments.
Being detail oriented—and able to follow strict procedures—is important for EMTs and paramedics.
First Aid Proficiency
While not necessary, a basic knowledge of first aid is a great starting point for this career.
The ability to diagnose what’s wrong with a patient can be life or death, so being able to quickly solve problems is key.
EMTs and paramedics are often on their feet and need to be able to lift heavy objects, including people.
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