We surveyed 4,209 paramedics to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical paramedic. Here are the results.
How much intelligence is required as a paramedic?
Working as a paramedic typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that paramedics are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.
Can I learn to become a paramedic?
A career as a paramedic typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.
Is it easy to get a job as a paramedic?
It’s typically difficult to find a job as a paramedic. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for paramedics.
Do paramedics work full-time or part-time?
68% of paramedics work in full-time roles while 32% work part-time.
Is being a paramedic stressful?
Stress is very commonplace for paramedics, contributing negatively towards career satisfaction.
Is being organized important as a paramedic?
Some level of organization is generally required to be a paramedic.
How competitive is the workplace for paramedics?
Competition at work is not common for paramedics.
Does being a paramedic require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?
Paramedics will see frequent time pressure on the job, likely contributing to an occasionally stressful work environment.
Are paramedics allowed to express themselves creatively?
Paramedics rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.
Do paramedics have control over the direction of their work?
Paramedics tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.
Is being a paramedic physically demanding?
Being a paramedic requires significant physical work, and is not a career for those unable to perform continuous and/or strenuous physical activity.
Are paramedics exposed to a wide variety of work?
The workload of a paramedic changes frequently, with their day-to-day rarely being the same.
Does being a paramedic require attention to detail?
As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for paramedics.
Does being a good paramedic require compassion and empathy?
Strong compassion and empathy are critical to success as a paramedic.