Working as a EMT in college to help fund schooling

<p>Someone suggested this to me. I am not sure how this works or even if it is feasible. I wanted to ask though about any college students who have experiences working as a EMT while studying undergrad. Since I want to take up pre-med in college and I will be working part-time to help out financing my studies, I was thinking will this be a feasible option? Anyone had experiences to share please?</p>

<li>Do you have your EMT-B certification?</li>
<li>There is absolutely no way you will be able to fit it into your schedule as a part time job. I am currently doing it as a volunteer with the local fire squad and campus police on weekends since I don't go out much.
You should look into something like that rather than depending on it as a source of income. It will be impossible to fit regular 8-hour shifts into your studies.</li>

<p>Wow I didn't know that. Yeah, I hv a cert, took the classes whn I was 16. Thank you for the advice, I think I will take up the volunteer option instead in college.</p>

<p>If you really need the money I suggest looking into desk jobs at your student center or rec/gym. There are usually jobs where you actually just sit there and watch the door and this time can be spent doing homework and studying.
Sorry for being so blunt regarding the EMT work. It sounds so appealing and great in theory but the actual work is exhausting and very very very time consuming. A lot of big schools have volunteer EMS and their own vehicles. Look into that and if it doesn't work out contact your campus police or fire squad.</p>

<p>Yeah, the way the shifts run, I don't think there's a way you could do it even part time as a paid position. I'm a member of our volunteer squad on campus and we volunteer about two-three nights a looks good on a resume but it's not nearly as time consuming as a paid position would be.</p>

<p>I know someone who is working as an EMT right now. He gets paid 16-17/hour, works one night a week. But it's usually a weeknight and he's there for 8 hours. Don't know how he manages to get through school like that, but he seems to always be late to things....very late.</p>

<p>I've done it for the past 3.5 years, and its been great. I work at a paid EMS position on campus and work... well, a lot. But a lot of people with our group work 24-32 hours a week around a full time school schedule. We are pretty flexible with school schedules, so it is doable. </p>

<p>juba2jive, I see you're from Wake Forest - were you by any chace at the NCEMSF conference a few weeks ago?</p>

<p>I unfortunately couldn't make it - we sent a few people from the squad, but I play a club sport and we had games that weekend. :( Maybe next year I'll get a chance to go...</p>

<p>Friend's son has been in training/working as an EMT his entire freshman year so far. The schedule is extremely demanding and grueling, but he loves it and even starting playing club rugby, and now has a girlfriend, second semester. I don't know how he manages but he's doing well academically also!</p>

<p>Now, you people are giving me some hope :). Icarus, how much can a student should expect to get paid as an EMT u think?</p>

<p>Our EMTs start at $9.40 an hour. I make over $12/hour as a supervisor.</p>