I agree with ER Tech positions offering double what a private ambulance will pay ($10-13 vs 1$8-25). EMS privates just don't have the pay vs. cost of living in So Cal usually. Tough to start out but sometimes that is your only foot in the door or way to get some resume experience. Good Luck!
Looks like you are correct the bulk monopoly of private is AMR in Arizona, when I search AZ I get:
AMR mostly also Lifeline ambulance
Governmental Military Type Jobs (Mostly fire)
Flight Paramedics (Air Methods has a good amount of openings)
G4S (Security EMT work)
Decent amount of Fire...
LA County has a very low scope due to quick transport times, I know of many Paramedics who are envious of larger scopes in different areas that let you use all of your skills!
Pediatric Intubation is the #1
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Teaching / EMS Instructors
Ski Patrol / Wilderness...
Could you try to meet the ER staff while working at your hospital? Maybe a lateral transfer as an ER tech would bring more excitment to your daily routine and you can still study for the RN route. Hospital monitoring sounds tough day in and day out but the ER has something new every day.
California has great experience but cost of living per EMT pay is tough to make work. It is doable with some planning but becoming a Paramedic with the right company, working as an ER Tech or getting hired as a Firefighter especially are the higher pay routes to take while obtaining good...
Combining EMS and Volunteer is also a route people take when newer to the job... Working part time as Volunteer Firefighter and Part Time on an Ambulance (Even IFTs) Sometimes is the only way to obtain the hours per month you are looking for. The pay is low however (or non existent with some...
Yes, accepting jobs in a larger area sometimes is the only solution: Keep positive and stay proactive applying to multiple jobs at once... We do see a good amount of job posts this month.
EMS Pursuit (Fire & EMS Jobs)
I see currently a decent amount of Jobs in Orlando with Rural Metro being a good 911. IFTs are more in abundance from the companies I see this month with jobs. Many hospitals in Florida Higher EMTs/Medics so don't forget about those avenues. The ER is a great spot to learn your job with a...