Best & Worst Jobs

If being an EMT is one of the 5 worst jobs in America, how can we reasonably expect good young people to enter the profession?

Of 200 Jobs studied, these came out on top — and at the bottom: EMT ranked #196

If you ask me this report is just plain scary. How can we expect to get bright young new medics on the job? We need to drastically cut the supply of Medics by increasing educational requirements and reducing the number of training programs. Only by cutting off the supply of warm bodies can we hope to increase wages fast. If we don’t, soon the only new providers will be those few willing to sacrifice home, family, and future for the brief warm glow of satisfaction. Everyone else with a brain and two nickels to rub together will be in nursing school. Now is running a commercial that depicts an EMT with the headline "Are You In The Right Job?" Our profession is becoming the butt of jokes. It breaks my heart to see it happen.


About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for, on and I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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