Finding paramedical jobs may not be as hard as you think. In some areas throughout the world, there is quite a demand for paramedics. If you are considering obtaining the training and qualification necessary to work in this field, the information here should be of interest.
Training can sometimes be on the job, although in most states of Australia, training programs are being phased out in favour of hiring paramedics who have already completed a nationally accredited training program.
Australian Paramedical College is an example of a college specialising in providing paramedical pathway training to launch careers in the pre-hospital emergency healthcare industry. We help students gain the qualifications to allow them to qualify to work in the private sector as a Basic Life Support Medic (BLSM), or an Advanced Life Support Medic (ALSM). Qualifications such as the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care allow graduates to apply university where they can study for a Bachelor degree in Paramedic Science.
Private sector medic qualifications start with the HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care which gives your a higher skill level and job prospect. The training needed to earn this certificate includes driver training. A valid drivers license is a prerequisite for taking the courses that lead up to the certification. HLT31120 Certificate III in Non-Emergency Patient Transport is the minimum requirement for transporting non-emergency patients.
To obtain most paramedic jobs, you will need the HLT41120 – Certificate IV in Health Care. In addition to learning basic first aid, people who hold this certification also understand how to assess a person’s medical status, decide which treatments are appropriate and administer the necessary care.
You can then continue on to the HLT51020 – Diploma of Emergency Health Care where you will learn about Clinical Protocols and Pharmacology, which will enable you to deliver a range of advanced drug therapy protocols.
Jobs for paramedics are advertised through online jobs boards such as SEEK.com.au, Indeed.com etc; as well as state ambulance websites, such as the NSW Ambulance Service. These websites can also provide information to help people understand what the minimal requirements for paramedics are and where you can go for training or certification to work in the private sector.
If you are looking to work in the private sector, you’ll find a lot of helpful examples of the types of jobs you can apply for, without the degree. If the opportunity exists, volunteering is a great way to get yourself out there, meet emergency care providers so they can see your work ethic. You can also make contact with organisations such as the SES and ask them about their recruitment processes, requirements etc.
Answer a few simple questions about yourself and instantly create an easy-to-follow Paramedic Career Development Plan. This plan will also show you what courses you can do to make you job-ready and put you in a position to enjoy a rewarding career in the emergency health care sector.