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 19.17%.
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.
Public Service, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)

  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 46.1 1.22
General medical and surgical hospitals 18.8 0.56

Labor Market Information

2022 Statewide average hourly wage $17.13
2022 National average hourly wage $19.29
2020 National employment 261,300
2020 Texas employment 17,607
Texas projected employment by 2030 20,983
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2030 1,590

* 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;

Artificial airway holders: Endotracheal ET tube holddown devices;

Blood collection needles: Venoject needles;

Blood pressure recording units: Blood pressure recorders;

Bullet proof vests: Bulletproof vests;

Cardiac output CO monitoring units: Portable cardiac monitors;

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

Chest tube kits: Pleural decompression kits;

Desktop computers: Desktop computers;

Electrocardiography EKG transmitters or telemetry devices: Telemetry units;

Electrocardiography EKG units: Electrocardiography EKG units;

Endotracheal tubes: Endotracheal ET tubes;

Esophageal tubes: Esophageal tracheal airway devices;

Extremity restraints: Limb restraints;

Finger ring removers or cutters: 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: Preload syringes; Epi-pens;

Hypodermic needle: Needles;

Intravenous catheters: Intravenous IV cannulas;

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 tubing adapter or connector: Saline locks;

Intubation forceps: Adult Magill forceps;

Intubation gauges or guides: Esophageal intubation detection devices;

Intubation laryngoscopes: Laryngoscopes; Curved adult blades; Curved pediatric blades; Straight adult blades; Straight pediatric blades;

Intubation stylets: Adult stylets;

Irrigation or suction handpieces or cannulas or tips or catheters: Medical suction catheters;

Medical acoustic stethoscopes: Mechanical stethoscopes;

Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes: Bulb syringes;

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

Medical nasal cannulas: Oxygen nasal cannulae;

Medical or surgical suction tubings: Suction tubing;

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

Medical syringes without needle: Syringes;

Mobile medical service anti shock garments: Pneumatic anti-shock garments PASG; Medical anti-shock trousers MAST;

Mobile medical service intravenous IV kits: Intraosseous kits;

Mobile medical services automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles: Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED;

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

Mobile medical services head immobilizers: Head immobilization devices;

Mobile medical services litter: Multi-level wheeled cots; Stretchers; Stair chairs;

Mobile medical services non-suction antichoke devices: Cricothyrotomy kits;

Mobile medical services obstetrics kits: Obstetrical OB kits;

Mobile medical services spine boards: Spinal immobilization equipment; Half-spine immobilization devices; Full-spine immobilization devices; Extrication devices;

Mobile medical services suction antichoke devices: Battery-powered portable suction units; Airway suction units; Fixed-suction equipment;

Mobile medical services tourniquet or clamp: Tourniquets;

Mobile medical services triage tags: Triage tags;

Mobile resuscitator or aspirator kits: Pocket masks with one-way valves; Resuscitation devices;

Multiparameter vital sign units: Monitors;

Nasopharyngeal tubes or airways: Nasopharyngeal airways;

Nebulizers: Nebulizers;

Needleless intravenous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas: 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 insufflators: Transtracheal jet insufflators;

Patient carbon dioxide detectors: Patient CO2 monitors;

Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices: Patient restraints;

Peripherally inserted central catheters PICC: Catheters;

Pharyngeal airways or airways kits: Oropharyngeal airways;

Pry bars: Pry bars;

Pulse oximeter units: Oximeters;

Respiratory aspirator products: Meconium aspirators;

Restraint vests and jackets: Straitjacket;

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

Sledge hammer: Sledgehammers;

Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines: 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;

Winged infusion needle set: Scalp vein needles;


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; PEPID EMS; Palmtree EMS Field Reference Guide; Palmtree Pocket EKG; Skyscape Rosen and Barkin's 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult; Skyscape medical software; TechOnSoftware HazMatCE Pro;

Medical software: MEDITECH software; MedDataSolutions Regist*r;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Operating system software: Microsoft operating system;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Emergency Medical Technicians include:
  • 29-1141.01 Acute Care Nurses
  • 53-3011.00 Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
  • 29-2031.00 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
  • 29-1141.03 Critical Care Nurses
  • 29-2061.00 Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • 31-1131.00 Nursing Assistants
  • 29-2043.00 Paramedics
  • 29-1141.00 Registered Nurses
  • 29-1126.00 Respiratory Therapists
  • 29-9093.00 Surgical Assistants

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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.