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EMS Certified: A Stepping Stone to these 5 Careers

Want to get EMT certified but not sure if you want to be an EMT forever? We have great news for you— being EMT certified grants you the ability to explore plenty of professional options!

In this quick read, we’ll dive into the careers that you’ll be able to break into with an EMT certification. Here we go!


A great career ladder option for EMTs is to transition into a Paramedic position. EMTs will find comfort in sticking to a job in the medical field. Paramedics carry out more advanced procedures than EMTs, however, so don’t think you’ll be able to cruise on by without proper training!

Registered Nurse

A career as an RN is a great option for EMTs who are looking to make some extra money while also saving lives in a medical setting. As an EMT you’ll get to see what nurses do, and if their job looks less hectic than yours, why not consider it for a higher salary?

Mental Health Worker 

Being an EMT gives you the experience to work with high-conflict situations. You’ve proven your ability to work under stress and remain cool and collected. These qualities will make you an asset to work with mental health patients.

Physician Assistant 

PA’s work under the supervision of doctors, but perform many of the same duties. Being a PA requires a Bachelor’s Degree. These are rigorous programs but if you’re dedicated to the dream, it’s within your reach. 


To be a firefighter, you will need to have graduated from high school, be at least 18 years of age and completed your Emergency Medical Technician certificate. You’ll need to endure rigorous physical training to ensure you’ll physically able to commit to the position. 

There’s just so much you can do with an EMT certification— keeping climbing, folks!