Job Description

Paramedics are registered healthcare first call responders that attend patients who are seriously or critically ill or injured. They often work under pressure stabilising and comforting patients while transporting them to hospital when needed.


A qualified paramedic can earn an estimated $78,000+ per year.

Work Hours

Paramedics often work 12-hour shifts, 4 days on then 4 days off.

Study length

Becoming a paramedic requires 3+ years of training.

To become a Paramedic, you need to:

Complete a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in paramedicine.
Apply and receive a full class drivers’ licence.
Receive an authority to practice issued by an employer
Complete and register through the Kaunihera Manapou Paramedic Council.

A Paramedic could also specialise in roles such as:

Emergency Ambulance Service
Community Health Services
Event Health Services
Patient Transfer Services

Checkout studying paramedicine at Auckland University of Technology and Whitireia:

Source: Paramedic. (n.d.). Retrieved December 9, 2022, from