Careers in EMS

Weigh in on a healthier you, Michigan.

A job in Emergency Medical Services could be the beginning of a whole new career.

Right now in Michigan, there are over 500 job openings for EMS professionals. As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or paramedic, you'll not only make a real difference in people's lives, you'll gain a foundation for other careers in healthcare as well.

Is a career as an EMT or paramedic right for you? If you answer yes to most of the questions below, you could be a perfect fit:

  • Do you want to help people?
  • Are you cool and calm under stress?
  • Can you think fast on your feet?
  • Do you like excitement and adventure?
  • Are you good at working with people?
  • Are you interested in a career in healthcare?

Emergency Medical Technician or paramedic?

Becoming an EMT requires less training (and cost) than becoming a paramedic. But a paramedic is trained to perform more advanced emergency medical care and use special equipment that EMTs are not qualified to operate.

Both EMTs and paramedics provide emergency care and transportation and are critical links from the scene of an emergency to the health care system.

Training time, costs, and salary


The average salary for an EMT in Michigan is around $30,000 a year.


Six months of training, 8 hours per week (usually divided into 2 4-hour sessions)


About $2250 total (including tuition, books, and miscellaneous expenses)



The average salary for a paramedic in Michigan is around $39,000 a year.


21 months of training, 8 hours per week (usually divided into 2 4-hour sessions)


About $8,200 (including tuition, books and miscellaneous expenses)


Interested in beginning your training for this exciting and rewarding career?

Find a training program near you