Denis brought up an interesting subject tonight and it tweaked my interest. He mentioned the idea of me becoming an EMT. There are some pros and cons to this kind of job, for sure, but I’ve been doing some research and I’m intrigued about the possibility of becoming one.
- It’s cheap to get certified. Only $700 and 143 hours of study (which includes active time in an ambulance).
- The hours would be decent. I found a newstory about our local EMTs that says the shifts are usually 24/48 – meaning you work 24 hours straight and get two days off.
- Working 24/48 would allow time for freelancing. I like the idea of still being able to do some freelancing when I’m not working the EMT job.
- I’d be home with the kids. 2-3 times a week (depending on the timing) I wouldn’t get to see the kids, but 4-5 days a week I’d be home. An example: Work 24 hours Sunday. Off Monday & Tuesday. Work 24 hrs Wednesday. Off Thursday & Friday. Work 24 hrs Saturday. Off Sunday & Monday. Etc. The kids would only be in after school care a couple times a week.
- Additional education. To move from an EMT-Basic to an EMT-Intermediate is $300 in course fees and less class time – but jump in pay for additional certification.
- Could lead to other things. Being an EMT may lead to other things – even possibly a full paramedic if I find I have a passion for it.
- The hours may be rough. Sure, 24/48 sounds good now – but will I like it once I’m actually doing it?
- Initial pay is low. The initial pay will be low to start.
- Let’s face it – it’s a depressing job. Car wrecks and suicides. Old people having strokes and toddlers drowning in pools. Can I handle that?
Do you have any other pros/cons that you can add to the list?
When I was in high school, one of my spiritual gifts was mercy. Is it possible that I still have that gift? And could this be my way of using it?
Lots to think about. Classes start August 5-6, so I have about a month to decide if I want to give it a try. There’s a cop and a firefighter at my church – I’m going to speak to them about it and find out as much as I can from them – including actual job prospects were I to do it. I’d hate to spend the $700 and get certified only to find there aren’t any jobs after all.