What about the flight jobs out there?
- There are approximately 277 programs that fly with a paramedic on board.
- There are approximately 1200 flight paramedics in the US.
- The most common crew configuration is Nurse/Paramedic
- Most air medical programs are hospital based.
- Programs are centered primarily in urban areas.
- The average position turnover is 3-5 years.
- For each flight paramedic opening, approximately 250 applications are received.
What are the real risks of a flight job?
- Hearing loss from the constant exposure to engine noise in excess of 120 dB.
- The risk of contracting an infectious disease.
- Back injury and other lifting related injury.
- Exposure to heat and exhaust fumes.
- Crash risks are minimal yet present
What special training may help me?
- National Registry Paramedic certification.
- Instructor certifications in ACLS, ITLS, PHTLS, PALS etc
- Experience in a high volume 911 system.
- Experience in critical care, inter-facility transport.
- Emergency department or ICU experience.
- Bachelor's degree or graduate studies.
- Being up to date and well read on current literature.
- Being up to date and well read on current research.
What do I need to get the job?
- National Registry and State level Paramedic certification.
- Strong clinical decision-making skills.
- CPR, ACLS, PALS, ITLS or PHTLS. Instructor certifications preferred.
- In hospital experience, either in the emergency department or in a critical care unit.
- Ability to function independently.
- Strong diplomacy skills.
- 3 - 5 years of experience as a certified paramedic in a busy EMS system.
How can I prepare for the interview?
- Learn something about the system and the people who work there.
- Dress like you're spending a day on Wall Street.
- Bring along an extra copy of your resume.
- Avoid telling people who work there how cool their job is.
- Demonstrate your ability to problem solve and think on your feet.
- Show your willingness to try new things, even at some risk.
- Be able to contribute to many areas, not just your specialty: patient care.
- Show that you are perceptive, innovative, practical and realistic.
- Be enthusiastic.
- Don't be afraid to show who you really are as a person.
- Everyone who makes it to an interview is the same on paper -- this is your chance to be original.
- Don't compromise your integrity for the sake of a single interview. There will be others.
- Regardless of how you think it went, write a follow-up letter thanking the interviewer for his or her time.