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What is it like to be a Paramedic? 

Paramedics are health care professionals who provide emergency and out of hospital care and treatment to patients. They are the first to respond to medical emergencies and will often work in conjunction with other medical professionals and emergency services. They also assist in transporting patients to and from various medical facilities.

Paramedicine is a high intensity profession that provides both challenging and rewarding benefits. 

For more information about a career as a Paramedic, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me? 

The work environment of a paramedic is often fast paced and challenging. You will have the ability to make quick and accurate decisions and work well in high pressure situations. Other key attributes include:

  • attention to detail, assessment and critical thinking skills
  • high level communication skills
  • able to work well independently and in a team
  • able to cope with the physical and psychological demands of the job


To become a Paramedic

To be able to become an Paramedic, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:

Professional Accreditation

USQ's Bachelor of Paramedicine has obtained Preliminary Accreditation from The Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). Advancement to Provisional Accreditation from CAA is intended once USQ has a cohort of graduates (as per CAA criteria).

Following graduation, students may apply for membership with Paramedics Australasia.


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