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5 things to know when considering an EMT career
December 21, 2021 at 7:00 AM
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There are always certain skills and traits that are nice to have when working in specific industries. For instance, someone working in customer service should be a strong communicator with a positive attitude. Another person working in marketing must have the ability to think creatively while being flexible with their plans. Working as an EMT mobile field technician is no different. There are certain skills and attributes that one must have to succeed in the industry. At Mobile Medical Response, we want to help you prepare for a career as an EMT by pointing out some traits that can help EMTs do well.

Need to be mentally tough

Mental toughness can be a broad and sweeping term that many don’t understand exactly what it means. In the case of an EMT, it means that you can be in the middle of a difficult situation and keep your head about you. Being an EMT isn’t always an easy job. It’s not uncommon to be in a situation where there’s chaos around you, but you’re still required to focus on the task at hand. Mentally tough individuals can compartmentalize the chaos and focus on what needs to be done until the job is complete. Mental toughness includes the ability to call on your training in a moment where your mind can be overstimulated by what’s going on in front of you.

Can navigate hard situations

In addition to having the mental toughness to navigate through the chaos, you need to have the ability to think critically in a difficult situation. You might be working through field triage or trying to help someone remain calm in a situation that isn’t calm at all. EMT mobile field technicians are often called to traumatic situations and required to identify who needs help and what needs to be done to remedy the situation. Many of these situations are difficult to watch unfold, so your ability to navigate them is critical.

Ability to work as a team

One of the nice things about working as an EMT field technician is that you’re not often alone. You’ll be working with a team that can help you with the scene in which you’re dealing. However, you should be willing to take on your role with that team. Each team member will be required to carry their weight when you’re working with people who are injured or sick. If there’s a single person who needs attention, be flexible enough that you can take orders from the person in charge as you work with your teammates to administer aid.

Creative thinking skills

It’s highly unlikely that you’re going to come across a car accident scene that’s the same as the scenario that you ran through in class. The real world is unpredictable, and there can be many extenuating circumstances that create a very different scene than what you’ve practiced. As an EMT, you need to be able to think creatively on your feet to understand how the theoretical side of your training can be translated into practical application in the field.

Good interpersonal skills

Interpersonal communication is an essential part of ensuring that you can work with both the members of your team and the people you come across at work. You need to be able to speak clearly and directly to individuals you’re providing care for as well as their family members. For example, if you’re at a home where the father has had a heart attack, you’re likely going to get questions from the wife, children, and anyone else at the home. It’s important that you’re able to effectively communicate whatever answers you have at the time to the family.

Register for EMT courses

Register for our EMT courses today if you feel that being an EMT mobile field technician is a great fit for you. Get in touch with us at Mobile Medical Response, and we’ll help you enroll in classes to get on the path to your new career. Call our education office at 989-907-3698 or send a message with any questions using our online contact fo