How to become a Paramedic

Paramedics provide pre-hospital emergency care, treatment and specialised transport for patients.

Personal requirements of a Paramedic

  • Able to remain calm and control emotions in stressful situations
  • Able to think clearly and act quickly
  • Good level of health and fitness
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Able to work alone and as part of a team
  • Able to follow instructions and guidelines
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Clear decision-making skills and good judgement
  • Caring, tolerant and non-judgmental attitude
  • Enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Committed to developing and maintaining skills

Education & Training for a Paramedic

To become a paramedic you usually need to complete a degree in paramedic science or paramedic practice at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.3%

NSW 33.9%

NT 1.7%

QLD 27.3%

SA 5.4%

TAS 2.2%

VIC 25%

WA 4.2%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 67.1%

Female 32.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 12.5%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 27.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 48.3%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 11.7%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 30%

Above 35 years: 69.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

Additional Information
Before undertaking the clinical placements required by the courses, students will need to obtain a National Police Certificate and a Working with Children Check, and undergo medical and physical capacity checks. Contact the universities you are interested in for full details.
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