Occupation Summary

Emergency Medical Technicians

O*NET 29-2042.00


Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 10.80%.
Education Level:
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree). According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.

  1. Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  2. Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  3. Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge.
  4. Comfort and reassure patients.
  5. Communicate with dispatchers or treatment center personnel to provide information about situation, to arrange reception of victims, or to receive instructions for further treatment.
  6. Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
  7. Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities.
  8. Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
  9. Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
  10. Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment and replenish first aid equipment and supplies.
  11. Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
  12. Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.

National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Emergency Medical Technicians employed Annual Growth Rate
Other ambulatory health care services 47.1 0.85
General medical and surgical hospitals 18.2 0.23

Labor Market Information

2020 Statewide average hourly wage $18.05
2020 National average hourly wage $19.41
2018 National employment 262,100
2018 Texas employment 19,690
Texas projected employment by 2028 21,817
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2028 1,592

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Other Activities

No work importance values found.

No certifications found.


Ambulances: Ambulances;

Analgesic infusion sets or kits: Infusion sets;

Anti shock garments: Pneumatic anti-shock garments PASG; Medical anti-shock trousers MAST;

Artificial airway holders: Endotracheal ET tube holddown devices;

Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles: Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED;

Blood collection needle: Venoject needles;

Blood pressure recording units: Blood pressure recorders;

Bullet proof vests: Bulletproof vests;

Butterfly needles: Scalp vein needles;

Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories: Portable cardiac monitors;

Cardiac pacemaker generator or cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemaker CRT-P: External pacers;

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks: Pocket masks with one-way valves;

Chest tube kit: Pleural decompression kits;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories: Telemetry units;

Electrocardiography EKG units: Electrocardiography EKG units;

Emergency medical service intravenous IV kit: Intraosseous kits;

Emergency medical services cervical or extrication collars: Emergency medical services cervical collars;

Emergency medical services head immobilizers: Head immobilization devices;

Emergency medical services obstetrics kits: Obstetrical OB kits;

Emergency medical services suction units or accessories: Fixed-suction equipment; Battery-powered portable suction units; Airway suction units;

Emergency medical services tourniquets or clamps: Tourniquets;

Emergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kits: Cricothyrotomy kits;

Emergency medical services triage tags: Triage tags;

Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories: Multi-level wheeled cots; Stretchers; Stair chairs;

Emergency resuscitator or aspirator kits: Resuscitation devices;

Endotracheal tubes: Endotracheal ET tubes;

Esophageal tubes: Esophageal tracheal airway devices;

Extremity restraints: Limb restraints;

Finger ring removers: Ring cutters;

Flow sensors or regulators or components: Wall-mounted oxygen regulators;

Glass cutters: Center punches/glass hammers;

Glucose monitors or meters: Glucometers;

Hacksaw: Hacksaws;

Hypodermic injection apparatus or accessories: Preload syringes; Epi-pens;

Hypodermic needle: Needles;

Intravenous infusion pumps for general use: Intravenous IV pressure infusers; Intravenous IV pumps;

Intravenous or arterial arm boards: Long arm boards; Short arm boards;

Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories: Intravenous IV cannulas;

Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors: Saline locks;

Intubation forceps: Adult Magill forceps;

Intubation gauges or guides: Esophageal intubation detection devices;

Intubation stylets: Adult stylets;

Laryngoscopes or accessories: Laryngoscopes; Curved adult blades; Curved pediatric blades; Straight adult blades; Straight pediatric blades;

Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory: Mechanical stethoscopes;

Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes: Bulb syringes;

Medical gas cylinders or related devices: Portable oxygen equipment; Fixed-oxygen equipment;

Medical nasal cannulae: Oxygen nasal cannulae;

Medical oxygen masks or parts: Child oxygen masks; Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks; Infant oxygen masks;

Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories: Medical suction catheters; Suction tubing;

Medical syringe without needle: Syringes;

Multiparameter vital sign unit or accessories: Monitors;

Nasopharyngeal tubes: Nasopharyngeal airways;

Nebulizer or accessories: Nebulizers;

Needleless intravenous injection syringe set or injection cannula: Interlink syringe cannulas;

Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters: Vial access cannulas;

Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers: Blood tubes;

Notebook computers: Notebook computers;

Orthopedic splint systems: Splints; Rigid splints; Cardboard splints;

Oxygen insufflator or its accessories: Transtracheal jet insufflators;

Patient carbon dioxide detectors: Patient CO2 monitors;

Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories: Patient restraints;

Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use: Catheters;

Pharyngeal airways or airways kits: Oropharyngeal airways;

Pry bars: Pry bars;

Pulse oximeter units: Oximeters;

Respiratory aspirator products or accessories: Meconium aspirators;

Restraint vests and jackets: Straitjacket;

Resuscitation masks or accessories: Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators; Valve mask resuscitators;

Sledge hammer: Sledgehammers;

Spine boards: Spinal immobilization equipment; Half-spine immobilization devices; Full-spine immobilization devices; Extrication devices;

Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories: Scalpels;

Torso and belt restraints: Restraint belts;

Traction splint sets: Lower extremity traction devices with ankle hitches; Traction splints;

Two way radios: Two way radios;

Wheel chocks: Chock blocks;


Information retrieval or search software: Epocrates; HyperTox; Informed EMS Field Guide; Iterum eMedic; Medical Wizards ER & ICU ToolBox; Medical Wizards ER Suite; Medical Wizards Paramedics ToolBox; Mosby's Drug Consult; Palmtree EMS Field Reference Guide; Palmtree Pocket EKG; PEPID EMS; Skyscape; Skyscape Rosen and Barkin's 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult; TechOnSoftware HazMatCE Pro;

Medical software: MEDITECH software; MedDataSolutions Regist*r;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office;

Operating system software: Microsoft operating system;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

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** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.