How to Search for
EMT Job Openings

Searching for EMT job openings using the internet can be a frustrating experience. Gaining some insight on how to set up a search is important. For example, if you are an EMT-Basic looking for a job anywhere in the United States you might enter into a screen such as this:

What you may not know is many search engines try to "Help" you out by adding some search keyword on their own. For example, Yahoo!Hotjobs adds these search keywords when searching for EMT job openings:

emt-b, emt-basic, er tech emt, emt b, firefighter emt, emt paramedic, emt-i, paramedic emt, emt basic, emt i, emt-p, emt-paramedic, emt/paramedic

These keywords are added in addition to the keyword you entered of "EMT".

As of July 30, 2008 the number of "Hits" for EMT was 267. This means that Yahoo!Hotjobs returned 267 adds that had your entered keyword or perhaps one of the Yahoo-added key words. The breakdown of jobs returned is:

Job classification
Percentage of "Hits"
Other jobs with EMT Skills
EMT Administration
Mislabeled Position
EMT Hospital Only
EMT Industrial
EMT Education
EMT as Bonus

It was surprising to find that the highest percentage of listing were for hospital based EMTs rather than for field EMTs. Further research into some of the job listing we found that the primary job was for the following classifications:

  • Blood testing
  • lab skills
  • intra-hospital transports
EMT is a prerequisite for these jobs in many of the listings so it tests positive in the search engine.

The "Other jobs with EMT Skills" classification involves jobs with a completely different primary focus. Such as a security guard who also requires EMT certifications. When searching for EMT job openings it is important to remember that the job of EMT may be part of a larger job description. Other larger job descriptions where EMT was a requirement were Emergency Medical Dispatcher and Firearms instructor.

Another issue is that the term "EMT" may mean something else in different jobs. For example the term EMT also referenced these jobs:

  • Everett Marine Terminal (EMT)
  • Electrical Metal Tubing (EMT)
  • Electronic marketing technician (EMT)

These additional definitions can greatly confuse your search. You may need to use more advanced search strategies to refine your search.

Advanced Searches

The problem with the simple search keywords, as we have seen, is that we get job listings for jobs for which we are not interested. This can waste and huge amount of time and cause disappointment. You were expecting a bumper-crop of listings and all you got was listings for jobs in East Podunk.

You can refine your searches for EMT Job openings by using the search engine's "Advanced Search" options. These seem intimidating but in reality they are quite simple to use.

Blank Advanced Search

Advanced Searching allows you to tailor your search and reduce your number of hits. This increases the quality of the results. You can search by geographical area, salary or any combination. You can also exclude keywords that complicate the search such as "Electronic marketing technician" that caused extraneous hits to be returned. More practically if you are an EMT-B you can exclude jobs that require EMT-P or EMT-I certifications.

We are going to modify our search by using the advanced search. We are going to only search for listings that have EMT-B as a requirement, are located in New Jersey and have a minimum salary of $25,000 per year (this is approximately $12/Hr). WE only want to see listings in the last 60 days since a listing posted a year a go may already be filled.

Filled out advanced search

Don't get your hopes up. This salary requirement is mid-range in New Jersey and may only be applicable for applicants with several years of service.

No hits

As you can see this advanced search for EMT job openings has resulted in no job openings. How can there be no EMT jobs in New Jersey? Clearly this can not be true, people get sick and injured everywhere so EMTs are needed. What we have found in our research is that salary is a frequently omitted field in the listing. This is done to prevent people from being scared away. If the job is only for $20,000 you may ignore the ad but upon further research you might find that this is a 3-day a week job. In that case $20,000 is not so bad.

Let's remove the salary requirement and see what we get.

HIts found

So what happened. There is a listing for EMT Job Openings for the Hunterdon Healthcare Systems in Flemington,New Jersey. Notice that the listing is for a paramedic although we specified EMT-B. What gives...?

Let's take a deeper look. Clicking on the job listing will provide a lot more information.

Not what we are looking for

Aha! We can see that they are actually looking for a Paramedic or a Nurse with at lease EMT-B certification. This is the problem with search engines. The listing had the keyword "EMT-B" so the search engine tagged it and displayed it for you. No salary information was listed so that field in the returned hit was blank. Unfortunately the search engine takes a blank salary as zero ($0.00) so our advanced search criterion of $25,000 in the previous example would not work.

So you can see that searching for a job is not as simple as typing the appropriate keywords into the search engine. YOu still have to do some research.

Excluding Keywords
Now let's assume you are just looking for a job as an EMT-basic. We have seen that there are a lot of EMT job openings that have "EMT-B" as a keyword but they were really looking for more advanced positions. Let's try to remove the listings for paramedics and nurses. In general the keyword search string would look something like this:

EMT- B -paramedic -nurse

This is somewhat esoteric. Most search engines have a friendlier method of excluding keywords.

Advanced search excluding keywords

Here we have excluded the keywords of paramedic and nurse. We have also expanded the search area to be the entire United States by removing the added search criterion of "NJ".

Reduced hits

Our number of hits went from the original value of 267 to just 11. So you can see that may EMT job openings are really for paramedics and nurses operating as paramedics.

Comparing Search Engines
Just how good are the search engines? I performed a simple test and entered the search string "EMT-B -paramedic -nurse" into several search engines. I included the entire United States in the search area. The results were not too surprising.

Search Engine Hits Date
Yahoo!HotJobs 131 21-Oct-2008
CareerBuilder 346 21-Oct-2008
SimplyHired 3640 (note 1) 21-Oct-2008

Note 1: This is a web site compiler. It has listed the same jobs multiple times

Web site compilers like submit multiple queries to search engines and then return the results. They make no attempt to qualify the data or remove duplicates. This is why the number of hits is so large. Our research found the same listing reported as a successful hit over 30 times for the same EMT Job Openings.
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