This research paper will discuss the career of a paramedic. The job of a paramedic is to help people in anyway they can. ……… The textbook by Delaet, R. (2013) is going to be used to discuss the career of a paramedic and the types of work done in the career. Paramedics provide various different types of emergency care. According to the textbook, typical tasks for a paramedic include recognizing hazards and potential hazards, assessing a patient’s breathing, doing a rapid trauma assessment, providing oxygen through a fask mask, suctioning an airway, using an automated external defibrillator, starting an IV, running and reading an EKG, attaching a cardiac monitor and a pulse oximeter inserting an artificial airway, stabilizing impaled objects, and administering medications. The level of certification also partially determines the care that paramedics are granted to provide. Also mentioned in the textbook are professional attributes that benefit all healthcare workers. Health care workers must balance their personal and professional lives. The professional attributes listed in the textbook include dedication to public service, being motivated by job fulfillment, trustworthiness, competence, good time management, initiative problem solving, and critical thinking, and good communication skills. The personal qualities and skills needed for success for the career of a paramedic are stated in a scholarly journal called the British Paramedic Journal by the College of Paramedics (2016). The most important one of all is staying calm at all times. You also have to be emotionally stable. You have to work fast to help patients in need and be a quick thinker. It is necessary to have the right attitude while dealing with patients and their families. You have to give everyone the same level of compassion, the same level of treatment, and you put your personal feeling aside, as stated in this journal. The educational requirements for this field are listed by Learn How to Become (2017) on learnhowtobecome.org. According to this website, the first step of how to become a paramedic or EMT is to complete EMT Basic Training. Depending on the institution, it would take at least six months to two years to complete. The second step is to pass a national or state exam to become certified. The next two steps are optional. The third step is to complete advanced EMT training which mainly requires 300 hours of coursework. The last step is to complete a two year degree program. The working conditions are on the website Explore Health Careers edited by Riggs, G. (2017). As stated on this website, paramedics may work in urban or rural setting. Paramedics can also work for private ambulances, fire departments and several other rescue services. They work with many people, for example, police officer, nurses, and firefighters. Paramedics also experience more work related injuries and illnesses than most careers. Most paramedics also work full time. Their work shifts include holidays, weekends, and 24- hour shifts schedules. A journal from the Australasian Journal of Paramedicine gives three methods and strategies for dealing with stress. One way is to reduce stress is exercising regularly. Exercising not only keeps you fit, but it produces endorphins, which significantly can assist with reducing stress. Another way is to have a healthy diet and avoid foods with high fat content. The food that goes in your body has the ability to make your stress levels go up or down. Last, but certainly not least, is to practice good sleep hygiene. If you don’t sleep enough, you have a high chance of getting sleep disorders, such as narcolepsy and insomnia. Advancement opportunities for this career are established in a peer reviewed scholarly journal known as Promising Practices in Young Adult Employment: Lessons Learned from EMT Career Pathway Programs by Leung, L. (2015). After a while of working as a paramedic, you have the opportunity to advance to a higher position. You can advance to a physician, registered nurse and many more options. …….. Research has shown as stated on the website Bureau of Labor St. (2012) that the job outlook for the future of a paramedic is projected to grow 15% from 2016-2026, which is so much faster than the average for all occupations. The number of jobs for paramedics in 2016 was 248,00. The change of employed people in the U.S. for this career from 2016-2026 is estimated to be about 37,400. Also mentioned are the wages and benefits. In 2016, the annual pay for this career was $32,670. The average pay per hour was $15.71. The equipment utilized with the career are recorded on the website by the Alabama Department of Public Health (2017). Paramedics have a wide range of equipment for their career. Examples of equipment utilized within this career are stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, portable oxygen tanks with regulators, burn sheets, adhesive tape, gloves, and countless other items. A paramedics job consists of helping and treating people in emergency situations, so it is important for them to have the right tools available to them. There are so many ways people get hurt, and the variety of the equipment they have helps them carry out their jobs. In conclusion, the lesson learned from this research paper is that a job in the healthcare field is not easy. A paramedic career is one of the ones that requires the least education, but short does not mean easy. According to the journal by Loh Sze Leung, the content is at a relatively high level, is technical, and does require a strong grounding in basic science. You have to work full time as a paramedic. You also have to be emotionally stable and ready for the stress that lies ahead. This career also has many benefits as well. The advancement opportunities are amazing, so you get the opportunity to have a high salary. You also play a big part in making a difference and helping others.