£16,120 Average salary at age 20
£40,040 Average Salary
40 Average hours per week


Paramedics provide first aid and life support treatment in emergency situations and transport sick and injured people who require skilled treatment.

Main Tasks

  • Drives ambulance or accompanies driver to respond to calls for assistance at accidents, emergencies and other incidents;
  • Assesses the nature of injuries, provides first aid treatment and ascertains appropriate method of conveying patient;
  • Resuscitates and/or stabilises patient using relevant techniques, equipment and drugs;
  • Transports and accompanies patients who either require or potentially require skilled treatment whilst travelling;
  • Briefs other medical staff when handing over the patient, and completes patient report forms describing the patient’s condition and any treatment provided.


Entry is via a student paramedic position with an ambulance service trust or completion of an approved full-time university course in paramedical science. Qualification requirements for entry to university courses vary (GCSEs, A levels or equivalent). A full, manual driving licence (with appropriate classifications) is required. Paramedics working in the NHS must be registered with the Health Professions Council.

What Paramedics studied in higher education

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What Paramedics studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(B7) Nursing1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine96

UK Prospects

30600 Workforce Size
10.69% Predicted growth 2020 - 2027
8118 Predicted Replacement 2020 - 2027

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