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ParamedicAlternative titles

Āpiha Waka Tūroro

This job is sometimes referred to as:

Ambulance Officer

Paramedics attend to ill and injured people at accident sites or in medical emergencies, and transport them to hospitals or other medical facilities. They also transport patients between hospitals and from homes to hospitals. 

Contact us

Call us on 0800 222 733

What are the chances of getting a job?


Chances of getting a job as a paramedic are good due to strong demand for people qualified to fill the role.

According to Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates, about 2,300 people work as ambulance officers and paramedics. About 1,100 of these are qualified paramedics. Demand for paramedics is strong because not enough people qualify each year to fill available vacancies.

St John the largest employer

St John is the largest employer of paramedics and provides ambulance services for about 90% of New Zealand's population.

There are two smaller independent ambulance services:

  • Wellington Free Ambulance
  • Wairarapa Ambulance Service.


  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupational Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), accessed May 2014.
  • Sunderland, M, team manager operations, Wellington Free Ambulance, Careers New Zealand interview, April 2014. 

Current vacancies

Paramedics required. Listed: 27 Nov 2014 Auckland

Other vacancy websites

Progression and specialisations

Paramedics may move into:

  • areas where pre-hospital care is required, such as oil rigs, ski fields, and zones of conflict
  • international relief work
  • safety and emergency management roles.

They may also move into education and management roles, such as clinical education and mentoring of paramedic students, or management roles within the ambulance service and wider health sector.




How many people are doing this job?

Year 2012
Year 2011
Year 2010
Source: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, '2003-2012 Occupation Data' (prepared for Careers New Zealand), 2012.

Sarah Knowles using a GPS in an ambulance cab

Having a full driver's licence is essential for paramedics

Sarah Knowles with medical supplies

Paramedics sometimes work as unpaid ambulance volunteers and then train to become paramedics

Updated 10 Jun 2014