If you have ever thought of being an EMT, or emergency medical technician, you know that there are a very specific set of skills needed in order to do that work. For some, they do not know that is the kind of work they want to do when they are in school, so instead, they get additional schooling after they figure it out. If you did not go to school specifically to work as in ambulance services, not to worry: you can still work in the industry with a little training and a few additional skills or past jobs. Here are just a few kinds of experience that might help you get into the field of medical transportation:
- Lifeguard work or CPR certification: If you were ever a lifeguard, babysitter or perhaps even worked at a summer camp or other children’s program, you are already ahead of the curve. CPR and other kinds of basic medical knowledge is extremely important to know as an EMT. If you have been a lifeguard, for example, and have dealt with a medical emergency, it is good to highlight that as it may give good insight to how you respond in a crisis. Even if your certification is not up to date, it is good experience to have.
- Truck driving or construction work: If you ever had to sit behind the wheel of an 18-wheeler or a construction vehicle, this may bode well for your ability to work in transportation management. Those who are in charge of driving ambulances need to be able to handle a large vehicle while also using quick reflexes and aggressive but safe driving. This is stressful and not a good fit for everyone, but if you have had experience driving a non-traditional vehicle, you may be on your way to working in medical transportation.
- Dispatch or crisis management: If you have ever worked for dispatch, particularly for police or other first responders, this experience will fit nicely into a career in EMS. If you have done this work, you would not only understand how to relay information to other first responders, but you may also be skilled in dealing with people who are stressed out. Keeping people calm is a critical skill for EMS workers and if you have any experience in this department, you may be a good fit.
- Any kind of medical training: Whether you interned at a vet’s office for a summer or helped out in a hospital in the medical records department, some knowledge of the medical world will be extremely helpful. An understanding of how paperwork is processed or how medical facilities are run will help you be more adept at working to make sure all areas are functioning correctly in order to get a patient the care they need.
Working in EMS is a rewarding career that requires a lot of training, but as seen above, there are quite a few skills that will help you on your way to realizing your career goals.