Private sector paramedics – who are they and what do they do?

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The private sector paramedic (PSP) is rapidly becoming a popular choice of career for those who don’t want to go to university, yet still seek a rewarding career where salaries can exceed $100,000 in the resource and industrial sectors.

Private sector paramedic’s understand there are immense career opportunities combined with personal freedom to be had by working in this sector. There are abundant opportunities to up-skill and gain higher qualifications which in turn opens up more opportunities for career advancement and of course, bigger pay packets.

For this reason, Private Paramedics continually invest in their own education, learning advanced life-saving medical procedures as well as accruing qualifications in safety, mining and construction sectors… for example.

As we briefly mentioned before, to become a paramedic in the private sector means you don’t have to go to university for 3 years and load up your HECS debt by $60,000 to get a degree. Jumping straight into the private sector jobs market can kick off with a good salary.

For instance, entry-level patient transport attendant jobs start off at just over $50,000 a year; and for the most part all you need is a Cert III, or a Certificate IV in Health Care.

If you’re the type of person who likes an action-packed day full of variety and unexpected events, then a career as a private sector medic/paramedic may be just what you’re looking for.

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A brief overview of the types of sectors you can work in

The beauty of all of this is you can choose a sector to work in that interests you the most. For example, if you like sports and recreational activities, working at major sporting events like rugby, tennis, AFL, NRL etc would be perfect for you. Or perhaps you like the appeal of remote mine sites and the chance to earn some big money – then a career as an industrial medic is for you.

  • Paramedic/medic in mining, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, sports and tourism industries
    Work in the fast-paced and unpredictable environments where every day is different. Develop your career and choose the sector that suits your past experiences and existing skill-set.
  • Onshore and Offshore oil & gas paramedic
    Considered to be one of the most sought-after yet dangerous roles because of the capacity to earn an amazing salary. At this level you would be required to hold additional qualifications associated with working off-shore in a remote environment.
  • Industrial medic in the power generation sector
    Working in small teams and often in challenging locations where you could be required to work in confined spaces or at heights; or in remote locations on transmission grid networks.
  • Paramedic in the maritime industry
    If you love the idea of traversing the globeand visiting exotic locations, then a medic on a tanker, container ship or freighter present the perfect opportunity.
  • Remote area paramedic
    Rapidly becoming one of the highly challenged careers of the decade, the remote paramedic is for those who have already attained higher levels of training at the Critical Care Paramedic level. This role required survival and wilderness skills where you could be required to provide assistance to critically injured persons days before help could arrive. (something to aspire to)
  • Adventure and expedition paramedic
    Travel the world and provide expert medical care in exotic destinations from the depths of the Borneo jungles to the harsh environment of Antartica. Additional survival skills are a pre-requisite for this type of role where experienced and well-credentialed paramedics are selected.
  • Emergency Response Officer at airports, cruise terminals, train stations, bus terminals, ferry services and heavy haulage depots.
    Work for private contractors who provide first responder emergency care and assistance where vast amounts of people congregate and are exposed to rapid transport systems.
  • Emergency Services Officer at public events, outdoor and indoor concerts
    Provide immediate medical response where mass crowds gather. These types of roles can provide assistance with the effects of heat exhaustion and fatigue to full cardiac arrest and childbirth.
  • Search and rescue volunteer with SES and other non-profit organisations
    One of the positive ways to give back to the community whereby you volunteer your expertise and knowledge when the community needs you the most. Being required to work in all-weather conditions in unpredictable situations, you’d utilise your paramedical knowledge and quick thinking abilities to provide medical assistance where required – at all hours of the day or night.
  • Event medic at sporting events such as Commonwealth Games, rugby league, equine, football, NFL, NRL etc
    Working with a wide range of employers, from organisations to contractors, this can be personally rewarding on so many levels. Reassure spectators and participants alike just by being on-site to administer medical care and even save lives. This type of role would appeal to sports fans who wish to play a bigger part than just being a member of a cheering crowd.
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So where do you start?

The first step is to get the right qualifications under your belt.

Take a look at the options below.

Basic Life Support Medic

Basic Life Support medical staff are trained to respond quickly to emergency medical situations. Upon arrival at the scene, the medic has a responsibility to administer first aid and stabilise the patient until advanced care paramedics attend.

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Advanced Life Support (ALS) Medic
Paramedics/medics at this level respond to emergency situations and are responsible for initial patient treatment and management; using a wide range techniques; such as cannula insertion, intubation and Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring and interpretation.

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