Paramedics provide emergency medical care to people in a pre-hospital (or out of hospital) environment. This means that the opportunity for paramedics to gain jobs overseas is very high. The following list identifies some of the many countries and types of jobs that paramedics can gain employment with overseas. Paramedics used to always talk about wishing that they had studied Nursing so that their employment could be transferable overseas, but these days paramedics are able to easily transfer their skills and qualifications to gain employment overseas.
These are some jobs for overseas paramedics that I’ve identifide:
1. Extended Care Paramedic for those of you who work in an area where they have ECP paramedics. As an ECP you can utilise more holistic primary health care skills, such as managing chest infections, UTIs, basic sprains and strains, and other non-emergency health problems. The role of an Extended Care Paramedic can introduce jobs all over the world in areas such as oil rigs and mines.
2. Mines rescues or mine medic. If you’re a qualified paramedic and you’ve had 2-3 plus years experience in pre-hospital care you can pretty much get any mines rescue or mine medic job around the world. Some of the major places looking to recruit paramedics for mines include: Australia, USA and the Middle East.
3. Occupational Health and Safety Officer. Working as a paramedic or EMT is a fantastic background for someone wishing to get involved in OH&S. Many mines or oil rigs double up their employees abilities by employeeing paramedics as their OH&S officers. These jobs can be found in many countries overseas.
4. Paramedics on oil rigs. Most oil rigs like you to have a nursing background or Intensive Care background, but it isn’t always mandatory.
5. Ski paramedic. What better way to work than to spend your day skiing and looking after trauma patients? You’ve got to be a very good skier or snow boarder. Some of the popular countries for this type of work include: Canada, the US and French Apls.
6. Advisory counsel for Medical TV shows. Most medical TV shows pay good money for people with real medical backgrounds to give advice on how things should occur “medically” on their shows. Medical shows are currently being produced in America, Australia, Germany, and the UK.
7. Teach first aid. As a paramedic you are perfectly trained to share your experiences and teach first aid to others. This role can be taken overseas and allow you to get a job anywhere in the world.
8. Teach wilderness first aid. Many companies that provide outdoor education or outdoor adventures are required to have a first aider on scene. This introduces the opportunity to teach Wilderness First Aid and also gain employment as a Wilderness Medic.
9. Be a paramedic on travel/adventure groups. Many adventure tour groups are required by law to bring wilderness first aiders/paramedics on their trips.
10. Paramedic research fellow. Have you thought that some things could be done better in Ambulance Practice? Considered spending some time proving it? Many Ambulance Services have research institutes attached. Alternatively, you may consider getting a scholarship to do a PhD.
The following countries employ many paramedics each year, and are always keen to employ qualified paramedics from other areas: USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom.
As well as these countries, many jobs for overseas paramedics exist in the following Middle Eastern Countries on a continuous basis and offer excellent working conditions and financial incentives:
1. Saudi Arabia
2. United Arab Emirates (Dubai)
All these areas provide excellent (Tax Free) salaries and living away from home packages, which often include: free medical, free around the world flight (once per year) and good working conditions.
Jobs for Overseas