EMTs and paramedics held about 241,200 jobs nationally in 2012. Most career EMTs work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. These individuals volunteer for fire departments, emergency medical services, or hospitals and may respond to only a few calls per month. The industries that employed the most paid EMTs and paramedics in 2012 were as follows:
- Ambulance services (48 percent)
- Government (30 percent)
- Hospitals (17 percent)
Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2014 through 2024.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 edition, EMTs and Paramedics.