So, you’re a qualified EMT and you’ve decided you’re bored of driving an Ambulance for a living? What other paramedic jobs are there out there? Depending on your back ground, clinical experience, interests, physical abilities, and education, these are some interesting paramedic/ EMT type jobs for you…
1. Extended Care Paramedic for those of you who work in an area where they have ECP paramedics. As an ECP you can utilise more holistic primary health care skills, such as managing chest infections, UTIs, basic sprains and strains, and other non-emergency health problems.
2. Mines rescues or mine medic. If you’re a qualified paramedic and you’ve had 2-3 plus years experience in pre-hospital care you can pretty much get any mines rescue or mine medic job.
3. Occupational Health and Safety Officer. Working as a paramedic or EMT is a fantastic background for someone wishing to get involved in OH&S. Many mines or oil rigs double up their employees abilities by employeeing paramedics as their OH&S officers.
4. Paramedic on oil rigs. Most oil rigs like you to have a nursing background or Intensive Care background, but it isn’t always mandatory.
5. Ski paramedic. What better way to work than to spend your day skiing and looking after trauma patients? You’ve got to be a very good skier or snow boarder.
6. Advisory counsel for Medical TV shows. Most medical TV shows pay good money for people with real medical backgrounds to give advice on how things should occur “medically” on their shows.
7. Teach first aid. As a paramedic you are perfectly trained to share your experiences and teach first aid to others.
8. Teach wilderness first aid.
9. Be a paramedic on travel/adventure groups. Many adventure tour groups are required by law to bring wilderness first aiders/paramedics on their trips.
10. Paramedic research fellow. Have you thought that some things could be done better in Ambulance Practice? Considered spending some time proving it? Many Ambulance Services have research institutes attached. Alternatively, you may consider getting a scholarship to do a PhD.