Private Sector in Paramedics – What is it?

With so many roles within the prehospital healthcare industry becoming privatised, the private sector of first responders has experienced massive growth and is in need of more workers. This means that after graduating as a Paramedic, there are more job opportunities than ever before. In fact, the demand for paramedics is set to increase, which is great news for the industry.

What jobs can you do in the private sector?

Paramedic courses, such as the Diploma of Paramedical Science, can lead to a range of jobs, such as:

  • Paramedic(must be registered with AHPRA)/medic in mining, offshore, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, sports and tourism industries
    Work in the fast-paced and unpredictable environments where every day is different. Develop your career and choose the sector that suits your past experiences and existing skill-set.
  • Onshore and Offshore oil & gas paramedic
    Considered to be one of the most sought-after yet dangerous roles because of the capacity to earn an amazing salary. At this level you would be required to hold additional qualifications associated with working off-shore in a remote environment.
  • Industrial medic in the power generation sector
    Working in small teams and often in challenging locations where you could be required to work in confined spaces or at heights; or in remote locations on transmission grid networks.
  • Paramedic/medic in the maritime industry
    If you love the idea of travelling the world and visiting exotic locations, then a medic on a tanker, container ship or freighter is perfect for you.
  • Remote area Paramedic/medic
    Rapidly becoming one of the highly challenged careers of the decade, the remote paramedic is for those who have already attained higher levels of training at the Critical Care Paramedic level. This role required survival and wilderness skills where you could be required to provide assistance to critically injured persons days before help could arrive.
  • Adventure and expedition Paramedic/medic
    Travel the world and provide expert medical care in exotic destinations from the depths of the Borneo jungles to the harsh environment of Antartica. Additional survival skills are a pre-requisite for this type of role where experienced and well-credentialed paramedics are selected.
  • Emergency Response Officer at airports, cruise terminals, train stations, bus terminals, ferries and heavy haulage depots.
    Work for private contractors who provide first responder emergency care and assistance where vast amounts of people congregate and move through quickly.
  • Emergency Services Officer at public events, outdoor and indoor concerts
    Provide immediate medical response where mass crowds gather. These types of roles can provide assistance with the effects of heat exhaustion and fatigue to full cardiac arrest and childbirth.
  • Search and rescue volunteer with SES and other non-profit organisations
    One of the positive ways to give back to the community whereby you volunteer your expertise and knowledge when the community needs you the most. Being required to work in all-weather conditions in unpredictable situations, you’d utilise your paramedical knowledge and quick thinking abilities to provide medical assistance where required – at all hours of the day or night.
  • Event medic at sporting events such as Commonwealth Games, rugby league, equine, football, NFL, NRL etc
    Working with a wide range of employers, from organisations to contractors, this can be personally rewarding on so many levels. Reassure spectators and participants alike just by being on-site to administer medical care and even save lives. This type of role would appeal to sports fans who wish to play a bigger part than just being a member of a cheering crowd.
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Become a paramedic in the private sector

The Australian Paramedical College is the largest pre-hospital health care training provider in Australia. We are dedicated to providing training of the highest standard for all students who enrol in our training programs. APC offers a Certificate III in Non-emergency Patient Transport, a Certificate IV in Health Care and a Diploma of Emergency Health Care which employment pathways into the private sector.

Public Sector – State Ambulance Service

A State Ambulance Officer is the pinnacle of the pre-hospital care sector. To become a paramedic you’ll need a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. To complete this you can either go straight to university, or first complete our Diploma of Paramedical Science to gain credits towards your degree. This pathway will give you more flexibility and potentially save you time and money.

For more information on how to get a start in the industry, or to enquire about paramedic training, call (07) 5520 2522


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