EMTs and paramedics must handle stressful situations and react quickly and confidently. Lives literally depend on it. EMTs and paramedics respond to car accidents, heart attacks, drownings, gunshot wounds, childbirths and other emergencies. These can include environmental crises, natural disasters and even terrorist attacks.
This is a physically demanding career with long and irregular hours. EMTs and paramedics work about 50 hours a week. Those affiliated with hospitals may have even longer hours. This is a 24-hour operation, and emergency responders must often be on call, ready to roll.