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Emergency Medical Technology

300 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
13 Master's Degrees Annually
#52 in Popularity
$37,760 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Emergency Medical Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 18,530
Undergraduate Certificate 6,423
Associate’s Degree 3,502
Bachelor’s Degree 300
Master’s Degree 13
Graduate Certificate 7

What Emergency Medical Technology Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills for Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic):

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities for Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Majors

Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Emergency Medical Technology Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic):

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 15.1% $34,320
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Medical Technology?

300 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
31% Percent Women
17% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This major tends to be male dominated. About 69% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 7
Hispanic or Latino 32
White 205
International Students 37
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic), too. About 12.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Emergency Medical Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $37,760 to $122,320 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Emergency Medical Technology Major  ( 37760 to 122320 )
Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )

Some careers associated with emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) careers below.

Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 7.5%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 30.0%
Some College Courses 20.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 7.4%
Master’s Degree 11.7%
Doctoral Degree 8.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.2%

Online Emergency Medical Technology Programs

In 2017-2018, 717 schools offered a emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 431 9
Certificate (1-2 years) 424 6
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 495 16
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 431 9
Master’s Degree 3 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Emergency Medical Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a emergency medical technology/technician (EMT paramedic) grad is $37,760 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.


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Major Number of Grads
Radiologic Technology 9,617
Physician Assistant 9,470
Surgical Technology/Technologist 8,060
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 7,100
Athletic Training 5,611
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 5,571
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 5,487
Other Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervention, and Treatment Professions 2,166
Cardiovascular Technology/Technologist 1,452
Electrocardiograph Technology/Technician 698
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist 591
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology/Technician 508
Electroneurodiagnostic/Electroencephalographic Technology/Technologist 367
Polysomnography 333
Perfusion Technology/Perfusionist 92
Cardiopulmonary Technology/Technologist 69
Radiation Protection/Health Physics Technician 61
Mammography Technician/Technology 53
Hearing Instrument Specialist 29
Gene/Genetic Therapy 15


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