Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Technician, paramedic
Practitioner, care, emergency
Paramedic, ambulance

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.