In this thread we discuss another news paper article about EMS that doesn't paint a complete picture of the industry in terms of education, training, reimbursement, scope of practice, work hours, or the demands of the job while painting a rather rosy picture about the employment prospects. The gem from the NAEMT board member is hilarious at best as volunteer opportunities varies greatly both in availability and quality. For every Pasadena EMS Reserve program (which I actually wish I heard about earlier) where volunteer EMTs supplement career paramedic firefighters to form 3 man ambulances, how many other places are volunteering more a political exercise to run 1 call a week? Also, EMTs fresh out of class teaching? Yea... about that...
Another thing. A good job is any job you can get. A great job is one you enjoy. An excellent job is one that you enjoy that also pays the bills. Job profiles like this won't tell you if you would enjoy it or not.
Of course, if you don't enjoy it, you shouldn't be in it. People should not work in jobs that they don't like - ever.