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Should I become a medical assistant or an EMT?

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Should I become a medical assistant or an EMT?

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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) have a higher median wage than medical assistants, but they also have higher minimum entry requirements and are expected to have slower job growth than medical assistants.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that EMTs had a median wage of $35,400 per year in 2019, and that medical assistants had a median wage of $34,800 per year (The BLS reports that the national median wage was $39,800 per year in 2019). The BLS predicts that EMTs will experience 9% job growth between 2019 and 2029 ( the BLS projects a 4% average job growth for all industries in the same period), and that medical assistants will experience 19% job growth between 2019 and 2029. All states require EMTs to be licensed, complete an EMT training program, and pass a criminal background check, while most states do not require licensure or certification for medical assistants, who can enter the profession with a high school diploma or the equivalent and on the job training.

For more information on becoming a medical assistant, check out this article:Medical Assistant: Career Info & Requirements

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