Although healthcare providers and emergency workers have some routine tasks, their responsibilities intensify when life-threatening situations arise. Job prospects vary by occupation.
9-1-1 operators. Police, fire, and ambulance dispatchers answer emergency calls, notify first responders, and provide immediate assistance as necessary.
Ambulance drivers and attendants. With their vehicle lights flashing and sirens wailing, ambulance drivers and attendants transport patients to facilities quickly and safely so that patients can receive medical attention as soon as possible.
Critical care nurses. These nurses care for patients who require intensive care, which might involve, for example, monitoring people who have gone into shock.
EMTs and paramedics. Among the first to arrive during a crisis, EMTs and paramedics treat sick or injured people on the spot and help get them to a medical facility for further care.
ER physicians. Heart attacks, severe trauma, accidental poisonings—lots of medical problems might present themselves in the emergency room that can cause these doctors’ stress levels to rise.