32102 – Paramedical occupations


32102 – Paramedical occupations
Workers in paramedical occupations administer pre-hospital emergency medical care to patients with injuries or medical illnesses and transport them to hospitals or other medical facilities for further medical care. They are employed by private ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments, government departments and agencies, manufacturing firms, mining companies and other private sector establishments. Paramedics who are supervisors are included in this unit group.


Index of titles
Advanced care paramedic
Advanced emergency medical assistant
Advanced life support attendant
Advanced life support coordinator
Advanced life support paramedic
Ambulance attendant
Ambulance attendant trainee
Ambulance attendants supervisor
Ambulance driver
Ambulance driver-attendant
Ambulance services field supervisor
Ambulance services supervisor
Ambulance services unit chief
Ambulance technician
Assistant paramedic
Chief ambulance attendant
Critical care paramedic
Drilling rig medic
Drilling rig medical technician
Drilling rig medical warden
Drilling rig medical worker
Emergency medical assistant
Emergency medical attendant (EMA)
Emergency medical technician - paramedic/advanced care paramedic (EMT - P/ACP)
Emergency medical technician - primary care paramedic (EMT - PCP)
Emergency medical technician (EMT)
Emergency medical technologist - paramedic (EMT-P)
Emergency paramedic
Infant transport attendant
Intermediate care paramedic
Medical assistant (paramedic)
Medical technician
Newborn emergency medical care technician
Newborn medical care technician
Paramedic emergency medical technician
Paramedic worker
Primary care paramedic
Registered emergency paramedic
Supervisor ambulance attendants


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Assess extent of injuries or medical illnesses of trauma victims, patients with respiratory disease and stress, overdose and poisoning victims, industrial accident victims and other ill or injured individuals to determine emergency medical treatment
Administer pre-hospital emergency care to patients such as oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), spinal immobilization, bandaging and splinting
Establish and maintain intravenous treatment (IV), apply adjunctive equipment for ventilation and circulation complications, administer medications and provide other advanced emergency treatment to patients
Transport patients by air, land or water to hospital or other medical facility for further medical care
Collaborate with ambulance dispatch centres, hospital staff, police, firefighters and family members to ensure relevant information is collected and proper treatment is administered
Document and record nature of injuries and illnesses and treatment provided
Assist hospital personnel with provision of medical treatment, if necessary
Maintain emergency care equipment and supplies
May train and supervise other workers in this unit group
May assist with triage of emergency patients.


Employment requirements
Completion of a one- to three-year college, hospital-based or other recognized paramedical or emergency medical technology program is required.
Licensing by a regulatory body is required in all provinces.
Those operating emergency vehicles require an appropriate class of licence.


Additional information

Other assisting occupations in support of health services (33109)
Emergency medical care assistant; emergency medical responder (non-paramedical); emergency medical care attendant (non-paramedical) (in 33102 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates)