Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians

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About the Job

Drive ambulance or assist ambulance driver in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons. Assist in lifting patients.

It is also Called

  • Wheelchair Van Operator First Responder
  • Vehicle Operator Technician
  • Transport Medic
  • Patient Carrier
  • Mobile Medical Van Advanced Practitioner
  • Mobile Health Vehicle Operator
  • Medical Van Driver (Medi-Van Driver)
  • Medic Technician
  • Hospital Carrier
  • First Responder
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What They Do

  • Restrain or shackle violent patients.
  • Administer first aid, such as bandaging, splinting, or administering oxygen.
  • Earn and maintain appropriate certifications.
  • Clean and wash rigs, ambulances, or equipment.
  • Perform minor maintenance on emergency medical services vehicles, such as ambulances.
  • Replace supplies and disposable items on ambulances.
  • Accompany and assist emergency medical technicians on calls.
  • Place patients on stretchers and load stretchers into ambulances, usually with assistance from other attendants.
  • Report facts concerning accidents or emergencies to hospital personnel or law enforcement officials.
  • Drive ambulances or assist ambulance drivers in transporting sick, injured, or convalescent persons.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RS.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Social environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Support and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

These occupations usually require a high school diploma.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $23,920 with most people making between $19,100 and $29,900


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,460 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,700 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 24 openings due to growth and about 26 replacement openings for approximately 50 total annual openings.

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