EMTs are typically the first people with medical training to respond to an emergency such as car accident, heart attack, unanticipated childbirth, serious sports injury, or a drowning. EMTs are skilled in assessing someone’s medical condition, treating life-threatening symptoms, and transporting patients to a hospital.
EMTs usually work in teams and are in constant contact with a radio dispatcher, so good teamwork and communication skills are essential. EMTs can be employed by fire departments, hospitals, and private ambulance services. You do not need a college degree to work as an EMT, but you do need to take courses and pass certification exams, which can vary from state to state.