Job Description

Southwestern Illinois College’s EMT program prepares students for the basic level of pre-hospital care in emergency medicine.

An EMT-Basic:

  • Assesses a patient’s condition
  • Manages respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies
  • Cares for patients at the scene of an accident
  • Cares for patients while transporting them to the hospital under the supervision of a physician

Career Resources

The SWIC Career Activities and Employment Center offers a Career Mentor program, including job shadowing.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook provides EMT career information.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website provides additional information.

Career Opportunities

EMTs are employed by a variety of organizations, including:

  • Fire Departments
  • Hospitals
  • Private Ambulance Services
  • Police Departments
  • Helicopter Flight Crews
  • Security Agencies

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment is projected to grow 24 percent between 2014 and 2024 as paid emergency medical technician positions replace unpaid volunteers and competition will be greater for jobs in local fire, police and rescue squad departments than in private ambulance services. Opportunities are best for those who have advanced certification.


Average Salary

According to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services Salary & Workplace Survey in 2015, the average salary is $36,000 for an EMT. Earnings of EMTs depend on the employment setting and geographic location as well as the individual’s training and experience.

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