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Paramedics – a noble profession

Saturday , 30 January 2016

Trained in emergency medical services, Paramedics literally play god to those in dire need of medical care, by giving the required response, until a doctor attends to the affected patient

Have you ever thought about the ones, who deal with the anxiety and agony of not just patients, but their relatives too, till a doctor attends to the patient in emergency cases? Often unnoticed, the worth of such a person, called a Paramedic, is only appreciated when one is in dire need of emergency medical care. The Paramedic is the one, who plays the role of a doctor, till one reaches the hospital. This specific stream in the medical profession is called, Paramedical Science.

From evaluation of the patient’s condition to management of different types of injuries, the primary job of a Paramedic is to provide preliminary medication to the ill, or the injured individual. Working as emergency medical care providers, Paramedics are actually trained emergency medical technicians.

Some of the main areas of work in the field of Paramedical Sciences are spinal injury management, fracture management, obstetrics, management of burns and assessment, and evaluation of the general scene of the incident, just to highlight some of the main ones.

Of late, with change in people’s lifestyle, one is witnessing an increase in the number of diseases and emergency situations. It is natural, therefore, that demand for skilled paramedical professionals is also increasing dramatically, thus, opening up several career opportunities for young aspirants.

This is a job which requires immense patience and compassion. An aspiring candidate, who desires to become a Paramedic, must possess a social bent of mind and should be ready, in any situation, to extend his assistance to a distressed person, selflessly and compassionately. There are different types of Paramedics working in the healthcare sector all over the world, like emergency medical technicians, lab technicians, radiology technicians, optometrists, ECG technicians, etc.

Students having good skills and attitude are placed directly, from educational institutions, to places like hospitals, diagnostic centres, polyclinics, nursing homes, healthcare centres and research institutes.


There are a number of Paramedical colleges in India that offer courses in Paramedical Sciences. The course duration varies from 6 months to 3 years, depending on the type of the course. There are diploma courses, certificate courses, bachelor degree courses, post-graduate degree courses and even, Ph.D. options available in this field.

For aspirants who desire to obtain a degree in this field, there are several reputed universities offering Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Paramedical Sciences, followed by Master of Science (M.Sc.) in the same subject.

Some of the popular and the most pursued diploma courses in this field are: Diplomas in Medical Lab Technology, Medical X-Ray Technology, Operation Theatre Technology, Dialysis Technology, Health Inspection, Ophthalmic Technology and Respiratory Technology, just to name a few prominent ones.

During the training stage, candidates are made well acquainted with medical equipment operation and maintenance procedures, radio operating procedures, as well as emergency vehicle operations. They are trained to be physically fit and be able to make use of the correct precautionary measures, to treat injured and ailing persons.


Students interested in pursuing a career in Paramedical Science, must have passed 10+2 in the science stream from a recognised board, with minimum 55 per cent marks for graduation, diploma and certificate courses.

Importantly, after having achieved the requisite eligibility, a candidate has to certify with the government, through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

Career prospects

With an ever expanding healthcare industry in India, there is no dearth of job opportunities for qualified Paramedics. Some of the basic jobs in both public and private sectors are: lab technicians, radiography technicians, radiologists, physiotherapists, speech therapists & audiologists, dialysis therapists, emergency technicians, emergency care practitioners, perfusion technicians, cardiac technicians and respiratory therapists.

One can also seek and find a job as a medical helicopter flight crew, where one would be required to provide medical attention to ill passengers, or airport visitors and ferry them to the nearest trauma or medical centre.

Being a demanding job as emergency medical service is provided 24×7, professionals in this field, should be willing to work for prolonged durations and even in the evenings and over the weekends.

There are several job openings in emergency medical services of fire departments, police departments, health departments and other public sector institutions, as well for qualified Paramedics.

At the current point in time, career prospects in this field are very high, because of shortage of skilled professionals.

Top Colleges

Some of the most prominent institutes offering courses in Paramedical Science are: All India Institute of Medical Science, New Delhi; Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal; Rajiv Gandhi Paramedical Institute, Delhi; Institute of Paramedical Sciences, New Delhi; Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun; Aalim Muhammad Salegh College of Paramedical Science, Chennai; Indian Institute of Paramedical Sciences; Moulana Institute of Nursing & Paramedical Sciences, Kerala; Pulipati Prasad Paramedical & College of Nursing, Andhra Pradesh; Priyadarshini Institute of Paramedical Sciences; Trivandrum Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram; Jaya College of Paramedical Sciences, Thiruvallur; Vydehi Institute of Medical Science and Research Center, Bangalore; and Dr. BR Sur Homoeopathic Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, New Delhi.


Even as remuneration for Paramedics largely depends upon the standard of the organisation one is employed with, the starting salary in any case, is not less than Rs 15,000. Usually a fresher is taken on board, as a trainee and goes up the hierarchy ladder, on the basis of qualifications, skill, experience and performance.

A professional with five years’ working experience, can easily earn up to Rs 40,000-Rs 50,000 per month. Packages in this field can also go up to a lakh a month, in some extraordinary cases.