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Finding and holding on to EMT jobs can be difficult. You need to be able to use the modern search engine tools and then write good resumes. Practicing for your interview is also necessary. Once you get the job of your choice you will need to negotiate for raises and defend yourself against the inevitable quality assurance process.
How much are you worth? It's a funny question to ask but if you are a nationally registered EMT in Oklahoma it may pay for you to move to another area of the country to make more money. Of course other areas of the country might have a higher cost of living that where you live now.
How much are EMT jobs worth? Does your current salary measure up? I have a young colleague who just recently was hired by a municipal EMS division in near Newark, New Jersey. He has 3 years as a volunteer EMT on a very active squad. His starting salary is $13.50 per hour ($28,080 per year). According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (that's a mouthful) EMT Jobs in the Newark are average $19.53 per hour ($40,620 per year). So it would appear that he is underpaid. Yet according to the same report from the government 90 % of the jobs in the area earn more than $12.27 per hour, 75 % earn more than $15.01 and 50% earn more than $18.92 per hour. So as a newbie he is making an appropriate amount of money.
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Changing employment from one state to another should be easy. Changing your drivers license is as simple as going to the motor vehicle offices and getting your picture taken.
Unfortunately this is not so easy when you are an EMT If you are a nationally registered EMT then changing jobs is easier. 39 states offer some sort of EMT Reciprocity with the NREMT at the EMT-B level and 38 states offer EMT reciprocity at the EMT-P level.
Some states, such as Utah, offer no EMT reciprocity with the national registry at all. For Utah, for all levels, you must take a refresher course, a written and practical exam and have a TB test. Other states such as New Hampshire only require you to be nationally registered.
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Searching for a job is hard. The internet has promised great hope in making the search for a job easier. With the introduction of search engines such as Google, Yahoo and others you would think it is an easy task.
Actually using search engines to find a job can be quite frustrating. Add the wrong keywords to make your search too narrow and you get no hits but if you make your search too general you get way too many hits.
Many advertisers do not understand the concept of keywords and will advertise for an EMT when they really mean they want a nurse with EMT experience Understanding what keywords do and how you enter them into a search engine will greatly help you in your endeavor to find a new job.
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