Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians
Paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) work in high-stress, fast-paced environments where quick decisions are essential. In fact, the injury rate for EMS workers is about 3 times the national average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. EMS professionals perform a rigorous and dangerous job.
Their job involves responding to medical emergencies, often in unpredictable situations. They are exposed to various health risks, including the possibility of infection from patients with contagious diseases. Unexpected hazards include responding to violent or hostile scenes, potentially dangerous weather conditions, and navigating through chaotic traffic to reach emergency locations. EMTs and paramedics must be ready for any medical crisis, making their profession one of constant alertness and potential danger.