With the recent crises in employment, many people are thinking purely in terms of the money that they can make at a new job. While having a job is important, there is a lot more to your life’s work than just making money. Many people choose jobs that save lives because they want to feel that their work is important to more than their pocketbook. If this sounds familiar to you, then consider a career in one of the following fields.
The more common name these days for these emergency health care workers is EMT. The acronym is short for emergency medical technician. These professionals are often perceived as riding around in ambulances but they can actually fulfill many roles.
An EMT plays a unique role in medical health. In traditional roles in hospitals, doctors diagnose and assign treatments which nurses carry out. As an EMT, you would acquire less medical education than either of these professionals but, when arriving on a scene as the first responder, it would be up to you to both diagnose the most critical problem with the patient and implement emergency treatment.
For the most part, EMTs do work out of emergency responder vehicles. However, they can also be located in large establishments that expect injuries to occur and employ EMTs to provide critical aid before transportation for the injured can arrive. EMTs receive anywhere from several months to a full year of training in medicine, anatomy, and pharmacology.
Working as a firefighter is not just demanding, it is dangerous. Recruiters will not try to dress up their work to convince you to join, unlike some other fields or vocations. Firefighters will not be afraid to remind you that they die in the line of duty at least every now and then, and that their job should be taken very seriously.
Few people get such a kick out of putting out fires that they want to do it for a living. What drives people to join this field is the opportunity to save lives. Training includes tests of physical fitness, science education, and health care training. Many firefighters are also EMTs and some are reserve police officers in their jurisdictions. Firefighters must be ready to handle all eventualities at the scene of an emergency. Their pay averages above $40,000 per year.
This job may not have the immediately obvious glory of an EMT or a firefighter but, in this age of terrorism, working on the bomb disposal squad literally puts you at ground zero. When you arrive at a scene, you will generally not know what you have to handle or where your specialties will be needed. The threats could be anything from false alarms to pipe bombs to chemical or even nuclear menaces.
In addition to fitness requirements, candidates will also have to pass parachuting and underwater courses in some areas. When you move into this field from a position in a police department, you can expect an increase in pay of at least $10,000 per year.
There is a place for higher education in emergency response. Emergency managers typically have to acquire master degrees to work in their fields. They can find jobs with agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individuals are involved in planning, preparing and handling large-scale disasters and emergencies.
These are not careers for the money-minded. Some of them pay well but not as much as you might make for less effort in other fields. However, they can pay you back with excitement and the reward of saving lives.
Scott Barrens is a writer and blogger who creates informative articles relating to career opportunities. In this article, he offers a few rewarding careers for students and aims to encourage further study with a Master’s in Occupational Safety.