Job Sheet: Ambulance Officer
Job title: Ambulance Officer
Ambulance Officers are usually the first on the scene in emergencies. They also attend to ill and injured people and transport them to hospitals. They provide non-urgent transport for patients between hospitals and homes. If you're keen to have a job where you can choose where you live, this job is perfect.
To be a paid Ambulance Officer you will need to study and obtain a Bachelor of Health Studies in Paramedic Studies which is available from Whitireia Community Polytechnic in Auckland and Wellington or AUT in Auckland. It takes 3 years to complete a Bachelor Health Studies in Paramedic Studies.
It will cost approximately $12,000 to $15,000 to complete a Bachelor of Paramedic Studies.
Location of job:
The New Zealand government is committed to getting all ambulance stations throughout the country fully staffed by 2011- so you can choose to live anywhere in NZ and still be an Ambulance Officer.
There are good career opportunities for Ambulance Officers. There are a variety of ways to become a paid or volunteer ambulance officer, but a structured career path could include:
- Completing a First Aid Certificate
- Getting a Full Drivers Licence
- Volunteering with the St John's ambulance service
- Bachelor of Health Studies in Paramedic Studies
Trainee paramedics can earn anything between $45,000 to $55,000. It will take approximately 6 months to finish training and then the salary will increase to anything between $55,000 and $65,000.
Other careers this profession could lead to:
This career can lead into work as a Registered Nurse with one more year of study (if you have already completed a 3 year Bachelor in Paramedics degree) or a transit medical officer.
Tips on how to increase the chances of successfully entering this industry:
- Useful school subjects include English, biology, chemistry and physics.
- Check out the website www.healthcareers.org.nz for more information or ask questions.