CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Emergency Medical Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities. Administer first-aid treatment and life-support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital setting.
 
Operate equipment such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators and bag-valve mask resuscitators in advanced life-support environments.
 
Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
 
Maintain vehicles and medical and communication equipment, and replenish first-aid equipment and supplies.
 
Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs and treatment.
 
Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
 
Administer drugs, orally or by injection, and perform intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.
 
Comfort and reassure patients.
 
Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members and police and fire department personnel.
 
Communicate with dispatchers and treatment center personnel to provide information about situation, to arrange reception of victims, and to receive instructions for further treatment.
 
Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
 
Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities.
 
Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
 
Coordinate with treatment center personnel to obtain patients' vital statistics and medical history, to determine the circumstances of the emergency, and to administer emergency treatment.
 
Attend training classes to maintain certification licensure, keep abreast of new developments in the field, or maintain existing knowledge.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
Transportation Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Response Orientation The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Gross Body Coordination The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Stamina The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Epocrates software Information retrieval or search software
 
HyperTox Information retrieval or search software
 
Informed EMS Field Guide Information retrieval or search software
 
Iterum eMedic software Information retrieval or search software
 
MedDataSolutions Regist*r Medical software
 
Medical Wizards ER & ICU ToolBox Information retrieval or search software
 
Medical Wizards ER Suite Information retrieval or search software
 
Medical Wizards Paramedics ToolBox Information retrieval or search software
 
Mosby's Drug Consult software Information retrieval or search software
 
PEPID EMS Information retrieval or search software
 
Palmtree EMS Field Reference Guide Information retrieval or search software
 
Palmtree Pocket EKG Information retrieval or search software
 
Personal digital assistants PDA medical reference software Information retrieval or search software
 
Skyscape Rosen and Barkin's 5-Minute Emergency Medicine Consult Information retrieval or search software
 
Skyscape software Information retrieval or search software
 
TechOnSoftware HazMatCE Pro Information retrieval or search software
 
Adult Magill forceps Intubation forceps
 
Adult non-rebreather oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Adult stylets Intubation stylets
 
Airway suction units Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
 
Ambulances Ambulances
 
Bag valve mask BVM resuscitators Resuscitation masks or accessories
 
Battery-powered portable suction units Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
 
Blood pressure recorders Blood pressure recording units
 
Blood tubes Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
 
Bulb syringes Medical aspiration or irrigation syringes
 
Bulletproof vests Bullet proof vests
 
Cardboard splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Catheters Peripheral intravenous catheters for general use
 
Center punches/glass hammers Glass cutters
 
Child oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Chock blocks Wheel chocks
 
Cricothyrotomy kits Emergency medical services tracheal tube or cricothyrotomy kits
 
Curved adult blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Curved pediatric blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Electrocardiography EKG units Electrocardiography EKG units
 
Emergency medical services cervical collars Emergency medical services cervical or extrication collars
 
Endotracheal ET tube holddown devices Artificial airway holders
 
Endotracheal ET tubes Endotracheal tubes
 
Epi-pens Hypodermic injection apparatus or accessories
 
Esophageal intubation detection devices Intubation gauges or guides
 
Esophageal tracheal airway devices Esophageal tubes
 
External pacers Cardiac pacemaker generators or implantable defibrillators or accessories
 
Extrication devices Spine boards
 
Fixed-oxygen equipment Medical gas cylinders or related devices
 
Fixed-suction equipment Emergency medical services suction units or accessories
 
Full-spine immobilization devices Spine boards
 
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
 
Hacksaws Saws
 
Half-spine immobilization devices Spine boards
 
Head immobilization devices Emergency medical services head immobilizers
 
Infant oxygen masks Medical oxygen masks or parts
 
Infusion sets Analgesic infusion sets or kits
 
Interlink syringe cannulas Needleless intraveneous injection syringe sets or injection cannulas
 
Intraosseous kits Emergency medical services intravenous IV kits
 
Intravenous IV cannulas Intravenous or arterial cannulas or accessories
 
Intravenous IV pressure infusers Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
 
Intravenous IV pumps Intravenous infusion pumps for general use
 
Laryngoscopes Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Limb restraints Extremity restraints
 
Long arm boards Intravenous or arterial arm boards
 
Lower extremity traction devices with ankle hitches Traction splint sets
 
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
 
Meconium aspirators Respiratory aspirator products or accessories
 
Medical anti-shock trousers MAST Anti shock garments
 
Medical suction catheters Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories
 
Monitors Transport or mobile multiparameter vital sign units or accessories
 
Multi-level wheeled cots Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
 
Nasopharyngeal airways Nasopharyngeal tubes
 
Nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
 
Needles Hypodermic needles
 
Notebook computers Notebook computers
 
Obstetrical OB kits Emergency medical services obstetrics kits
 
Oropharyngeal airways Pharyngeal airways
 
Oximeters Pulse oximeter units
 
Oxygen nasal cannulae Medical nasal cannulae
 
Patient CO2 monitors Patient carbon dioxide detectors
 
Patient restraints Patient stabilization or fall prevention devices or accessories
 
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
 
Pleural decompression kits Pleural cavity drainage unit or accessories
 
Pneumatic anti-shock garments PASG Anti shock garments
 
Pocket masks with one-way valves Cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR protective shields or masks
 
Portable cardiac monitors Cardiac output CO monitoring units or accessories
 
Portable oxygen equipment Medical gas cylinders or related devices
 
Preload syringes Hypodermic injection apparatus or accessories
 
Pry bars Pry bars
 
Restraint belts Torso and belt restraints
 
Resuscitation devices Emergency resuscitator or aspirator kits
 
Rigid splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Ring cutters Finger ring removers
 
Saline locks Intravenous or arterial tubing adapters or connectors or locks or caps or protectors
 
Scalp vein needles Butterfly needles
 
Scalpels Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
 
Semiautomated or automatic external defibrillators AED Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
 
Short arm boards Intravenous or arterial arm boards
 
Sledgehammers Hammers
 
Spinal immobilization equipment Spine boards
 
Splints Orthopedic splint systems
 
Stair chairs Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
 
Straight adult blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Straight pediatric blades Laryngoscopes or accessories
 
Straitjacket Restraint vests and jackets
 
Stretchers Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
 
Suction tubing Suction tube or tubing
 
Syringes Medical syringes without needles
 
Telemetry units Electrocardiography EKG transmitter or telemetry or accessories
 
Tourniquets Emergency medical services tourniquets or clamps
 
Traction splints Traction splint sets
 
Transtracheal jet insufflators Oxygen insufflator or its accessories
 
Triage tags Emergency medical services triage tags
 
Two way radios Two way radios
 
Vacutainer adapters Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
 
Valve mask resuscitators Resuscitation masks or accessories
 
Venoject needles Blood collection needles
 
Vial access cannulas Needleless vial or bag withdrawal cannulas or adapters or decanters
 
Wall-mounted oxygen regulators Flow sensors or regulators or components
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Anything beyond short demonstration, up to and including 1 month
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Ambulance Driver-Paramedic
EMT
EMT-B
EMT-I/85
EMT-I/99
EMT-P
EMT/Dispatcher (Emergency Medical Technician/Dispatcher)
EMT/Paramedic (Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT - B)
Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate (EMT - I)
Emergency Medical Technician / Driver (EMT/DRIVER)
Emergency Medical Technician / Firefighter (EMT / Firefighter)
Emergency Room Technician
Emergency Vehicle Operator
Fire Fighter / First Responder
Fire Fighter / Paramedic
Fire Fighter First Responder
Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician)
Firefighter/Paramedic
First Responder
Flight Paramedic
Multi Care Technician (Multi Care Tech)
Paramedic
Paramedic Supervisor
Rescue Worker
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Emergency Medical Technicians
 
 
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