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Prepare for Long-Term Career Advancement

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 before 2031, 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.

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Career Success Starts with a College Degree

Regardless of U.S. labor market conditions one constant holds true: Education boosts earnings and reduces unemployment.

According to the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU) the earnings gap between college graduates and those with less education continues to widen. In 2021, median income for recent graduates reached $52,000 a year for bachelor’s degree holders aged 22–27. For high school graduates the same age, median earnings were $30,000 a year.

Those with a bachelor’s degree earn, on average, 75% more over the course of their lifetime.* In addition to increased earning potential, a bachelor’s degree can provide opportunities for promotion or entry into a new career.

*Georgetown University Center on Education and Workforce

People with a bachelor’s degree earn on average

more over their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma

Emergency Medical Care Career Salary Information


Median Annual Salary
7% growth increase thru 2031
Though not required, a degree is typically preferred for entry-level positions


Median Annual Salary
Updated April 2023
Highest paying cities for Emergency Medical professionals in Kentucky
Richmond, KY
Louisville, KY
Lexington, KY

*National job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook.
*Local job opportunities data is based on estimated base pay and figures from Indeed.com.

EKU Emergency Medical Care Program in the Workforce

Where Have EKU Emergency Medical Care Graduates Worked?
  • Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
  • Madison County, KY EMA/CSEPP
  • Aiken County Emergency Services
  • MedCare Ambulance
  • City of Atlanta Department of Aviation
Continuous Research and Learning for Paramedics Leads to Better Patient Care

Paramedics play a critical role in the healthcare system, as they are often the first point of contact for individuals experiencing medical emergencies. It is essential for paramedics to engage in continuous learning to ensure the best possible care to their patients.

Keeping up with medical science
New technologies, treatments, and best practices are being developed and implemented all the time, which means that paramedics must stay up to date with these changes to ensure that they are providing the most effective and safe care.

Honing critical thinking and problem solving
Medical emergencies can be complex and dynamic, and paramedics need to be able to think quickly and make sound decisions under pressure.

By prioritizing continuous education, paramedics can improve their patient outcomes and provide the highest level of care to those in need.

EKU Online Career Services

Career planning is tough, but with EKU you don’t have to tackle the process alone.

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs. We offer a variety of services to current online EKU students and alumni to help you with your career development, decision-making and job search.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search
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