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Paramedical occupations

OaSIS code 32102.00

Workers in paramedical occupations administer pre-hospital emergency medical care to patients with injuries or medical illnesses and transport them to hospitals or other medical facilities for further medical care. Paramedics who are supervisors are included in this unit group.


Also known as

  • Advanced care paramedic
  • Ambulance attendant
  • Ambulance services supervisor
  • Critical care paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • Emergency medical technologist - paramedic (EMT-P)
  • Paramedic
  • Paramedic emergency medical technician
  • Primary care paramedic

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Assess extent of injuries or medical illnesses of trauma victims, patients with respiratory disease and stress, overdose and poisoning victims, industrial accident victims and other ill or injured individuals to determine emergency medical treatment
  • Administer pre-hospital emergency care to patients such as oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), spinal immobilization, bandaging and splinting
  • Establish and maintain intravenous treatment (IV), apply adjunctive equipment for ventilation and circulation complications, administer medications and provide other advanced emergency treatment to patients
  • Transport patients by air, land or water to hospital or other medical facility for further medical care
  • Collaborate with ambulance dispatch centres, hospital staff, police, firefighters and family members to ensure relevant information is collected and proper treatment is administered
  • Document and record nature of injuries and illnesses and treatment provided
  • Assist hospital personnel with provision of medical treatment, if necessary
  • Maintain emergency care equipment and supplies
  • May train and supervise other workers in this unit group
  • May assist with triage of emergency patients.

Additional information

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Similar occupations classified elsewhere


  • Emergency medical care attendant (non-paramedical); Emergency medical care assistant; Emergency medical responder (non-paramedical) (in 33102.00 Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations


2 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of two or more years; or supervisory occupations

Major group

32 – Technical occupations in health

Sub-major group

321 – Technical occupations in health (except practitioners of natural healing)

Minor group

3210 – Technical occupations in therapy and assessment

Unit group

32102 – Paramedical occupations

Occupational profile

32102.00 – Paramedical occupations

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Clerical Activities
5 - Highest Level
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
5 - Highest Level
Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
5 - Highest Level
Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

3 - About half the time
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
2 - Less than half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
5 - Every day, almost continuously
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
5 - Extremely important
5 - Every day, almost continuously


  • Fire departments
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Mining companies
  • Private ambulance services
  • Private sector companies

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.


Proficiency or complexity level
Explosive Strength
5 - Highest Level
Multi-Signal Response
5 - Highest Level
Pattern Organization Speed
5 - Highest Level
Perceptual Speed
5 - Highest Level
Static Strength
5 - Highest Level


Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
4 - High Level
Problem Solving
4 - High Level
Social Perceptiveness
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

5 - Extremely important
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
5 - Extremely important