Paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. Paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Employment in this field is expected to increase 23 percent from 2010-20, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for paramedics is expected to increase in response to the health care needs of a growing elderly population.