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Paramedic

Use medical training in biology, anatomy and physiology to provide rapid response to patients in medical emergencies.

What's it like to be a Paramedic?

Paramedics provide rapid response to medical emergencies, assess and attend to patients with life-threatening and non-life-threatening injuries, often while in transit, and transport patients to health facilities such as hospitals. They are required to make quick judgments on complex clinical decisions and must be comfortable working under intense pressure. They often work as part of a two-person crew, working out of Ambulances equipped with stretchers and a range of clinical equipment and medicine.

Tasks and duties

  • Attending accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance.
  • Assessing, treating and managing the patient’s treatment on site and en route to hospital.
  • Resuscitating and defibrillating patients and operating life-support equipment.
  • Transporting sick and disabled persons to and from medical facilities for specialised treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Attending public gatherings where accidents and other health emergencies may occur, such as sporting events.
  • Ensuring that ambulances are adequately stocked with medical supplies and that equipment is in good working order.
  • Preparing and delivering written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment provided.
Paramedics interact with members of the public daily and have strong communication skills, coupled with the ability to drive an Ambulance when required. They perform clinical tests and procedures, administer drugs, maintain patient records and must decide on the most appropriate course of action for a given situation, for example which medical facility to take a patient to.

What can I earn as a Paramedic?

The most common salary  for a Paramedic is between $100k and $120k
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How to become a Paramedic

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In order to become a Paramedic in Australia, you need to complete a bachelor degree majoring in Paramedic Science at an accredited university. After completing your study, it is mandatory to register with the Paramedic Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to become a qualified Paramedic. A full driver’s licence is also required.
  1. Achieve and maintain a full driver’s licence.
  2. Register with the Paramedic Board of Australia via the AHPRA.
  3. Renew AHPRA registration each year including demonstrating mandatory Continuing Professional Development.

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Gain the skills and knowledge to work as a Paramedic with a bachelor degree.

Duration 3 yrs - 6 yrs
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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Communication skills
  • Collaborative skills
  • People management
  • First aid certification
  • Initiative

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Integrity
  • Team work
  • Adaptability
  • First aid certification
  • Customer centricity
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How do Paramedics rate their role?

Latest reviews from 31 Paramedics surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

4 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Paramedicine
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Being a paramedic offers a unique career path with many benefits (especially when compared to similar roles ie: nursing, police). I believe the best things about the job are; helping others in a meani...
The challenges
There are also challenges involved with being a paramedic. These challenges include; shift work can be tiring and often means regular weekly activities outside of work are not possible, there is a pot...
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Paramedical science
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Medic
The good things
The pay and roster are good. Helping people gives me job satisfaction.
The challenges
Fighting boredom and maintaining skills.
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma Paramedic
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Aviation/Paramedicine
The good things
the greatest part of my role is helping people in need and also being able to enjoy the thrills of aviation at the same time.
The challenges
hi pace work and full time pace
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
paramedicine
The good things
Life as a paramedic is different to almost any other career on the planet. You are gifted with being involved with the most private & intimate times in people's lives. A time where you may just be hol...
The challenges
Dealing with members of the public who may be going through the worst day of their lives can add immense strain on the daily requirements of a paramedic. Long shifts may find you working longer than y...
3 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Occupational Therapy
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
variety, ability to help others, good pay, ability to take extra shifts, active not sedentary role
The challenges
shift work, night shifts, ability to socialise, work culture, management, control of tasks, exposure to trauma, poor support, detatchment from normal emotional responses, inability to relate and be re...
5 out of 5Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Emergency Ambulance Paramedic
The good things
The satisfaction of helping people at the absolute worst, when people call for an ambulance it is an urgent cry for help. We see every aspect of human life, death and in between, and sometimes we make...
The challenges
It can be hard to adjust in conversation with non emergency service persons. Being a paramedic can be hard on family’s, trying to normalise our actions on a world that isn’t the same as our work.
5 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Degree
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
SAR Winchman Paramedic
The good things
It can be very challenging and you never know what’s coming next. It can be hugely rewarding when you know you’ve made a difference to someone’s life.
The challenges
It can be demanding & challenging because you can find yourself on your own in some inhospitable conditions whether they be over land or over water.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Nursing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
It is always exciting and usually amusing. I am 'on the go' all day, which helps me to stay fit. I meet lots of interesting people and I can drive around for most of the day seeing what is happening...
The challenges
I work most weekends throughout the year, and it can get very tiring.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Paramedical Science (Ambulance)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Pre Hospital medicine
The good things
Paramedics are in the unique position of helping people when they are vulnerable. It is not all about major trauma and every little bit of help and assistance we give has a big positive impact to our...
The challenges
The crew I work with changes pretty much every shift making it a bit unknown what the day will be like before starting.
4 out of 5Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Science (Paramedical Science)
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Paramedic
The good things
Being a paramedic is a job that keeps you thinking and gives you variety everyday. It is a very social job, with it allowing you to be out and about with fellow colleagues at times for coffee. People ...
The challenges
Because everyday is different this can sometimes be stressful especially when you go to a distressing job or if you are finishing late and were hoping to finish on time. It can also be challenging wor...
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What are the job opportunities for Paramedics?

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Job opportunities

Paramedic jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
19.9%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Ambulance Officers and Paramedics
Latest Paramedic jobs on SEEK
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MSS Security
Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara
We currently have full time positions available for Paramedics who are looking for a rewarding career opportunity
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International Health and Medical Services
Perth > CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
IHMS is currently seeking Intensive Care Paramedics to assist us working at our Immigration Detention Centre clinic on Christmas Island
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Baseline Group
Port Hedland, Karratha & Pilbara
Baseline Group is seeking Registered Paramedics for short term and long term contracts.
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MSS Security
Mackay & Coalfields
DIDO and FIFO ( ex Brisbane) Paramedic Emergency Service Officer roles in Central Queensland .
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