Emergency Medicine Jobs

When we need immediate medical care for an illness or injury, we rely on medical professionals who are training to handle such situations. Emergency medicine jobs provide a more fast-paced work environment than any other, but they also can be the most stressful and can make having a "normal" life difficult. The benefit is that these professionals are also the ones most likely to be saving the lives of patients.

Emergency Medicine Jobs: Physicians

Most emergency rooms are staffed by physicians who are trained in emergency medicine. This training involves a three year residency. Unlike other specialties which focus on a narrow range of patients or specific parts of the body, emergency medicine jobs require physicians to be able to quickly recognize and treat a wide variety of ailments and injuries in a diverse patient population.

These physicians must know how to react quickly to situations because small delays can cost patients their lives. For example, these physicians must know which diagnostic tests to order immediately and which symptoms to consider serious enough for further treatment.

Emergency medicine physicians primarily work in emergency rooms, although some do go on to become educators or researchers in the field. The yearly salaries for this specialty range from $180,000 to $225,000.

Emergency Medicine Jobs: EMTs/Paramedics

No discussion of emergency medicine jobs is complete without EMTs (emergency medicine technicians) and paramedics. These trained professionals are the ones who usually ride in ambulances to the site of emergencies and provide immediate medical attention to patients in order to sustain or improve their condition until they can be seen by a physician.

Various levels of training are required to be an EMT. Entry-level EMTs are limited in how they can help patients, but they must be certified in CPR and must complete a specific number of training hours. Training requirements vary from state to state. The highest level of training is required to become a paramedic. When training is completed, paramedics have earned an associate degree in their field.

These professionals either work for hospitals, for private ambulance providers, or similar health care facilities. Many work closely with firefighters and other emergency staff. Entry-level EMTs earn around $20,000 per year while beginning paramedics can earn twice as much.

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