Here is a list of the top five things the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians can do for you.

Certification - Though the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exam does not give an individual a license to practice on its own, 46 states use the certification exam as part of their state licensing procedure. After completing a state-approved course, an individual is eligible to take the exam which includes questions regarding the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care), ACLS for Paramedics, and The National Standard Curriculum. The NREMT tests five different levels of emergency technicians: First Responder, Basic, Intermediate/85, Intermediate/99, and Paramedic.

Longitudinal Emergency Medical Technician Attributes & Demographics Study (LEADS) - This is a truly wonderful resource if you are thinking about a career in the emergency technician community. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians found it necessary to document the working environment of an EMT, the demographics of the EMT population, job satisfaction, etcetera. It researched the amount of workers in rural areas vs. urban areas, the amount of emergency calls vs. scheduled transports, and the amount of hours worked in a week. It also researched things like the average salary and benefits an EMT receives, if they feel their job is exciting, if they feel their job has variety, what an EMT's opportunities for advancement are, and more.

Professional Presentations and EMT Publications - The NREMT website offers links to research presented and published. The presentation page shows research in all different areas. For instance there is a presentation that studied paramedic training programs and their size in relation to passing rates. They found larger training programs had a higher passing rate. Another study was done on creating a successful paramedic education program. A different presentation focused on EMS and smoking tobacco.

The publications were similarly varied. One paper focused on EMS health conditions. Another publication reviewed the average contact an EMS has with their medical director. This is another great resource for people thinking about a career as an EMT because all aspects of the job are researched and posted online for you to examine.

Webinars - Usually, webinars occur once in the middle of the month or at the very end of the month. Every couple of months or so a new one is posted. Some of the recently posted topics are, "What's happening at the NREMT," "Planning for Transition to the National Scope of Practice Levels," and "2010 AHA Revisions and NREMT Exams." All of these webinars can be downloaded as wave files, so even if you missed the live feed, you can still have all information at your fingertips.

Job Search - The last resource NREMT provides you with is a job search. On the lefthand-side of their website there is a column of topics and at the bottom of that column you will find a link called "Find a Job." Here you will find postings of new job openings. The position (whether it is paramedic or EMT), the location, the date of the post, and the requirements of the job are listed. The bottom of the post supplies you with contact information if you find a job you're interested in.

So there you have it, that's five things the NREMT can do for you!