What is it like to be a Paramedic?
Paramedics are medical professionals who provide emergency and out of hospital care and treatment to patients. They are the first responders in medical emergencies and will often work in conjunction with other medical 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.
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.
This data shows average weekly cash earnings for the occupation (rounded figure). These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Employee Earnings and Hours, Australia, May 2014.
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 and critical thinking
- good 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:
There is no mandatory professional accreditation for awards in the paramedic area.
USQ has obtained Preliminary Accreditation from The Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). Advancement to Provisional Accreditation from CAA is in progress. Application for full accreditation will be submitted once USQ has a cohort of graduates (as per CAA criteria).
Following graduation, students may apply for membership with Paramedics Australasia.