The paramedic profession

Paramedics have a responsible job because they provide first aid at the scene of an accident and carry out life-saving emergency measures . Patient transport is also one of the tasks of paramedics, who therefore also work very closely with the emergency doctors and the fire brigade and other people involved in rescue transports. The place of action for paramedics is therefore at various accident sites and locations where people have been injured and where there is a need for treatment.
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Personal requirements at work

Paramedics have to withstand high loads and also carry out a wide variety of activities, which not only include first aid measures for people. Flexibility, the ability to concentrate, reaction speed and the ability to plan and organize assignments are therefore very important personal requirements in the job. Being resistant to stress is also important and the resilience must be quite high, since the people at the scene of the accident have sometimes suffered serious or life-threatening injuries. A willingness to work in shifts and at night is also one of the personal requirements, as emergencies can happen around the clock.

Prerequisites for the job / training / studies

The required school education for this training is relatively low, since only a secondary school certificate is required. If this school-leaving certificate has not been obtained, admission to training is still possible after at least two years of vocational training. The minimum age for starting the training is 18 years. In most cases, a police clearance certificate must also be submitted and the health suitability is also important and is proven by a medical certificate. Further knowledge may be important before starting the training. Above all, this includes knowledge of first aid, so a corresponding course should take place beforehand. Good performance in various school subjects increases the likelihood of being accepted into an apprenticeship. These include chemistry, biology and physics, as comprehensive medical knowledge and a broad understanding of the various drugs must be acquired. Good knowledge of the German language is also necessary, especially in writing, as many minutes have to be kept. The patients are given additional care measures and so comprehensive communication in German is required.

The training / the qualification

There is the possibility of basic training , which lasts two years. If the paramedic training is completed with an additional qualification, it takes a total of three years to complete the training. With a suitable previous education, the training period can also be shortened after an application. During the training there are theoretical and practical lessons at the vocational school, which are deepened by practical training in the hospital or at the rescue station. All the necessary medical basics are learned, including the structure of the body. In addition, there are the treatment methods for various injuries and disorders in the body, whereby securing the place of action and correct hygiene on site are also taught. It is a very comprehensive training with a lot of medical knowledge, which then has to be put into practice quickly and competently in an emergency.


There are different locations for paramedics, as they can be used both in the field and in the office. In the field service, people in this profession drive the rescue vehicles and then provide first aid at the scene of the accident until the doctors arrive. This means that people in this profession work primarily for ambulance and rescue services. It can also be used by the municipal fire brigade or blood donation services. Disaster relief services and community rescue stations also need trained paramedics. In the back office, paramedics primarily organize operations and answer emergency calls so that specialists can arrive on site as quickly as possible.

career development opportunities

In this profession, a specialization in a certain area takes place very quickly, so that only well-trained specialists are present on the assignments. Further training is possible in various areas, for example there are various suitable further training courses. It is also possible to work in training, where the various contents are then conveyed to the youngsters. There is also the possibility of studying, in which case it is about the subject of medical and rescue services. In any case, once you have entered this profession, there are various options for progressing and developing into other areas of the rescue service.

The everyday life of the paramedic

The day-to-day life of paramedics looks very different depending on where they are deployed. If there is an activity in the field, a call comes in about an emergency and in a very short time the paramedic has to drive to the scene of the accident with blue lights flashing and an emergency vehicle. Once there, first aid is provided and the patients also have to be made ready for transport. Patient transport is another part of the day-to-day work of all paramedics. The operations have to be coordinated and planned, good cooperation with other people involved and working under sometimes very difficult circumstances is also required. Due to the incalculable emergencies, the day-to-day life of the paramedic is difficult to describe precisely and calls are also required at night and at weekends.

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