Career Opportunities

Emergency medicine and prehospital service careers are some of the fastest growing segments in the job market. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.   

Contributing factors include population growth, aging populations and shifting roles due to the rise in interest in community paramedicine. 

Many individuals begin their careers as an EMT. Paramedic training can lead to more opportunities, but training alone may not be enough for long-term career advancement. As the profession grows, individuals will need a college degree to set themselves apart.

Education requirements are expected to increase in the coming years. Those who want to teach in accredited colleges around the country will also need additional education. Lead instructors need associate degrees, and education directors need bachelor’s degrees. As the science continues to evolve, educated practitioners are going to be needed to teach future generations. 

Alumni surveys indicate that EKU emergency medical care students hold administrative positions within two years of graduation.

Career Outlook

Image Career Outlook Chart - Job Outlook graph showing jobs on the rise - $49,544 Estimated Salary of Graduates from this program

Job Outlook graph shows jobs for training and development on the rise through 2022 - $49,544 estimated salary of graduates from this program.
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Employment Outcomes

Graduate Occupations


Emergency Medical Technicians & Paramedics


Postsecondary Teachers


Registered Nurses


First-Line Supervisors of Office & Administrative Supportive Workers


Social & Human Services Assistants


Lifeguards, Ski Patrol, & Other Recreational Protective Service Workers

Graduate Employers


County of Estill



Amazon.com, Inc.


Army National Guard


Bardstown Ambulatory Care



Clark Memorial Hospital 


Emergency Medical Training Professionals, LLC

Graduate Job Titles


Paramedic



Customer Service Representative 


Clinical Coordinator


Emergency Medical Technician



Emergency Room Nurse


Health Educator