Paramedic Ambulance paramedic
Paramedics deal with emergencies, giving people life-saving medical help.
1. Entry requirements
You'll need a foundation degree, diploma of higher education (DipHE) or degree in paramedic science or paramedic emergency care.
You could start as a student paramedic or trainee technician for an ambulance service.
- to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- a driving licence, including a C1 category entitlement
- to pass a medical check
- clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
The College of Paramedics has more information about becoming a paramedic.
2. Skills required
- excellent driving skills
- the ability to think and act quickly under pressure
- excellent communication skills
3. What you'll do
You'll deal with a range of situations, from minor wounds and substance misue to serious injuries from a major road or rail accident.
Your day-to-day tasks could include:
- checking a patient's condition and deciding action to take
- using electric shock equipment (a defibrillator) to resuscitate patients
- carrying out surgical procedures like inserting a breathing tube
- giving medicines and injections
- putting dressings on wounds
- working closely with the police
Starter: £22,000 (qualified paramedic)
Experienced: Up to £28,500
Highly Experienced: £35,250 (senior paramedics and team leaders)
Your salary may increase if you work shifts or work on standby.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environment
You'll usually work 37.5 hours a week. You'll work shifts at night, weekends and bank holidays.
You'll wear a uniform including protective clothing. Your work may involve lifting.
You'll work on an ambulance, or you may work on your own, using a car, motorbike or bicycle.
6. Career path and progression
With experience, you could become a senior paramedic, also known as emergency care practitioner. For this, you'll need around 3 years’ experience.
You could also move into operations management, education and training, research or human resources.
Last updated: 21 December 2016