Help Starting my Career

I am a sophomore in high school and i am planning to go into the paramedic field. My dad tells me if i am going to do that i should start now so i can get a job right out of HS. How do i start? Where do i begin? Who do i talk to? What kind of classes? How long?

Soooo many questions...

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- I am not squeamish or blood shy. i can handle anything you throw at me.
- I have no idea what i need how to take the class or anything
- can i do anything to help now?
- Any info is appreciated.
- Live in United States in South Dakota In Aberdeen.
- Just a 15 year old looking to jump start his career and who doesn't want to end up flipping burgers trying to pay off debts...

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gmoon6 years ago
I wouldn't want to discourage your ambitions, but I'd like to expand them a bit...

In our area, many (most?) paramedics are off-duty firefighters. Why not? The training is required, and they usually have 4 days off a week (three days of 24 hour "on call" service for the department, per week--a three-day shift that's often only eating and sleeping).

So why not become a firefighter?
I3uckwheat (author)  gmoon6 years ago
Firefighters can be easily trained and you don't have to have much knowledge of medicine to be one. and they arent looking for them around the country.
First, I suggested becoming both--for one thing, the department will likely pay for your paramedic training.

Otherwise, you're misinformed about the issue. While some FDs require only basic EMT training, some require parametric certification. I'm thinking that will requirement will only increase.

We personally know more than one paramedic / firefighter. They are more common than you think. (my wife was a PD dispatcher years ago, and more recently served on the LEPC for our county for several years).

And as others have suggested, you might want to correct your attitude--because as a paramedic you'll often be riding the same vehicle with paramedic / firefighters...
I3uckwheat (author)  gmoon6 years ago
"In our area / the Midwest and most of the rest of the US, a paramedic will be employed immediately and they will train you to be a firemen. My dad knows many paramedics in our area who are offered jobs out of state all the time to meet the requirements of the new standards that are in place. In our area paramedics are very hard to come by, certified firemen are a dime a dozen. Most departments are so desperate they higher an EMT with the understanding they will become a paramedic through classes in X amount of time to gain permanent employment. And if you are in doubt look in back of all the firemen magazines (fire chief, and so on...) and see the ads."
-My Dad a nationally certified firefighter and has been the following; Chief, assistant chief in a volunteer fire department for 25 years.
So your Dad says exactly what I wrote: they will train you to be a paramedic.

Proficiency in TWO skills is better than one.  It's plain silly to argue about the order in which it's done--firefighter first or paramedic first. It's your choice, and your circumstance.

Look--do what you want. If you don't want to be a firefighter like your Dad, fine. Again--your choice. But now that we know your father's a firefighter, your attitude is even more surprising. If you ask for advice, don't be surprised if you get it. And it lacks class to be rude to someone who responds to your query.

I'll reiterate: in our area (also the Midwest) paramedic / firefighters aren't the rule, but they aren't uncommon, either. They've also got a good thing going on many levels. I really don't think typical paramedics have a promotion path--other than hospital administration (kinda doubtful without a Masters) or maybe buckling down and becoming an RN.

So if you really aspire to the medical profession, then becoming a nurse is a good career choice, too. Pays more than a paramedic as well...

But if you know what you want to do, don't let us stop you.
I3uckwheat (author)  gmoon6 years ago
I have asked my dad about it and he is the kind of guy that doesn't give the best answers... he told me i would have to get EMT training but not how or where. And i didn't think i was being rude. sorry if i offended anybody.
Ah, one of those "Learn to trust the Force" kinda guys. Good answer.
I3uckwheat (author)  caitlinsdad6 years ago
i practically have to read his mind when trying to work for him. (doing chores, moving rocks, tin houses ect... odd jobs.)
then your dad is truly a master...learn to trust the Force...
I'm sure your Father's advice is valuable. It's good to consider career guidance from school counselors, family friends, etc, also. Get as many opinions (and options) as you can.

Good luck on the path you choose.
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