The type of jobs available to someone who has completed EMT training depends on the level of certification achieved.

With basic certification (also known as EMT-Basic or EMT-1), the EMT is qualified to assess the condition and provide necessary care to patients at an accident or during transport by ambulance to a hospital. An EMT with basic certification has the necessary skills to treat patients who are experiencing cardiac, respiratory, or trauma related emergencies.

An EMT who has achieved intermediate certification (also known as EMT-Intermediate or EMT-I) will be able to perform more emergency related tasks than someone with just EMT-1 certification. However, these additional tasks will vary by state. Examples of the types of procedures that may be performed with EMT-1 certification include the use of IV therapy and of more complex and invasive devices.

Because of the emergency related nature of the work, EMT jobs will frequently require long and irregular hours.

EMT jobs are frequently available with government agencies, such as fire departments. EMTs are also frequently hired by hospitals. However, the majority of EMT jobs are available through ambulance service providers.

A typical average annual salary for EMTs is around $34,000. The tyical average hourly wage is between $15 and $17.