- 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.
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.
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What are the chances of getting a job?
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.
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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?
Updated 10 Jun 2014