So, you’re a qualified paramedic 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, qualifications, interests, physical abilities, and education, these are some interesting paramedic/ EMT jobs likely to be available 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 an oil rig. All of shore oil rigs must have an Oil Rig Medic on board. Because of the remote location and distance to hospitals, most oil rig medics have qualifications in Nursing and able to communicate with medical practitioners in hospitals to provide various medications and treatments, such as suturing deep lacerations, intravenous antibiotic administrations, and overall all health checks. Preferably however, oil rigs like to employ RNs who have a background in paramedicine because paramedics generally have more experience in field diagnostic techniques and working on standing orders or clinical practice guidelines as opposed to doctors orders. If you are an RN and have qualified as an Intensive Care Paramedic, which means that you are capable of intubating, there will always be an oil rig medic job available to you. For more information on Oil Rig Jobs, there is a lot of useful information at Professional Oil Rig Jobs.
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, but this will come with time. If you are a qualified paramedic and are a reasonably competent skier or snow boarder you should generally be able to get a job as a Ski Medic. The pay is generally quite low as a Ski Medic, but the quality of life and job satisfaction is pretty high.
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. This is your chance to stop the people at E.R. from shocking the poor patients who are in assystole!
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.