Austin firefighter/paramedic Dave Williams has never doubted his switch from restaurants to saving lives: “Becoming a paramedic forever changed the way I looked at the world and my fellow man and has added great meaning to my life,” he says.
Dave had spent more than a decade in the restaurant business, but he wanted a career that could benefit people and one he and his family could be proud of. He heard about the Paramedic certificate program offered by El Centro College in cooperation with UT Southwestern Medical Center.
“I took every opportunity to chat with folks already in the field, and it quickly became apparent that the El Centro/UT Southwestern program was among the best in the country. I was blown away by the clinical contact I would receive during my education, not to mention the diverse strengths and backgrounds of the faculty. Unlike some of the smaller schools I had looked at, I would have access to Parkland Hospital, Children’s Medical Center and a fast-paced, high-volume rotation with Dallas Fire-Rescue.”
As an Austin firefighter, he works as part of a tiered EMS system to provide emergency care to the ill and injured, working on a team to stabilize and prepare patients for transport by Austin-Travis County EMS. He also has volunteered as a paramedic in clinics in Mexico, Central America and South America.
“Attaining my certificate through the program at El Centro/UT Southwestern advanced my early career through instilling competence and an appreciation for the profession in a way few of the other institutions could.”
Could you be the next success story?
If you enjoy helping people, consider a career as an emergency medical technician or paramedic. Not only do you make a difference when it counts most, but you also are involved in a rewarding and challenging medical field that will always have job openings.
DCCCD’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Paramedic programs include an associate degree in paramedicine and certificates for emergency medical technician (EMT) or paramedic training.
Both EMTs and paramedics are on the front lines when people’s lives are on the line. The biggest difference? Basic EMTs usually receive from 150 to more than 200 hours of training, while paramedics receive at least 1,000 hours, which allows them to give the most comprehensive pre-hospital care.
Another consideration: EMT certification can give prospective firefighters a leg up in the job search.
Learn more about this exciting career possibility and get started in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Paramedic programs today.
Even with the economy in a downturn, certain career fields not only have job openings but are experiencing very strong growth. In fact, according to ABC News, the difficult economic situation itself has in some cases directly created a need for skilled workers in certain occupations — such as bankruptcy specialists.
With more than 100 occupational programs and academic subjects, plus a wide range of continuing education classes, DCCCD is a great place to get training for a new job, enhance your current skills for a promotion and begin the educational journey toward a successful career.
By doing a little reading and research, you can identify occupations that are and will be in demand, find one that’s right for you and prepare for it with a DCCCD education. According to government statistics and industry experts, some of the strongest career fields right now include:
- Accountants, financial advisors and other business experts – These days, everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their money, and businesses need employees who can manage limited financial resources skillfully.
- Auto mechanics and repair technicians – When the economy’s down, more people choose to get their cars repaired than to buy new ones — which means they need skilled, knowledgeable mechanics and technicians.
- Construction workers – While demand for new houses will probably slow down, President Obama’s economic relief efforts may result in new jobs in the construction arena.
- Creative types – Multimedia artists, graphic designers and other creative occupations will be in high demand, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Education professionals – Demand remains high in the education field for a wide range of jobs, especially preschool teachers.
- Health care workers – Nurses, X-ray technologists, paramedics, nurse’s aides and other health care professionals are always in need.
- Information technology professionals – Love computers? Then you’re in luck. Software engineers, database administrators and other IT professionals will be in high demand over the next decade.
- Law enforcement specialists – An unfortunate side effect of the economic climate is that crime rates are rising, which means there’s a need for trained law enforcement workers.
- Office workers – Expect strong demand for skilled secretaries and administrative assistants in the next few years.
Do a Little Research
Want to know more about the labor market and which occupational fields are growing? Check out these links to get started:
- Job Opportunities in 2009 (video) – ABC News’ Tory Johnson forecasts the job market for the new year.
- Top Jobs in 10 Industries – CNN.com and Career Builder identify some fields worth investigating and the top jobs in each.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook – This publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics provides information about hundreds of different jobs, including the training and education needed for each, what you can expect to earn and potential job prospects.
- Tomorrow’s Jobs – This section of the Occupational Outlook Handbook provides an overview of the labor market that can help guide your career plans.
- Resources for Jobseekers – View information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on occupations, benefits and other work-related topics, or find a job using the highlighted job banks.
- Lifetime Earnings Soar With Education – About.com: US Government Info looks at the difference education can make in your earning potential.
And don’t forget that as a DCCCD student, you can take advantage of the many services offered by our Career Centers, including individual career counseling, computerized career guidance programs, resume assistance and much more.