Paramedic Science Careers

First responders and paramedics provide emergency medical care and help those in need, during their toughest moments. They use their extensive knowledge of emergency medicine and human anatomy to assess a situation, and act, ensuring the best possible outcome.

As a paramedic, you’ll provide care during emergencies, and transport patients who are critically ill or injured. You’ll do this in roles such as:  

  • paramedic,
  • intensive care paramedic,
  • mining and industries paramedic, specialising in aviation and retrieval medicine, or
  • intensive care specialist paramedic.

Labour Market Insights (2022) project strong growth of ambulance officers and paramedics jobs, with a projected change of 8.4% (or 1,600 jobs) by 2026. 

Skills and traits

As a paramedic, you will rely on your technical and interpersonal skills as you provide critical care to patients during their time of need. Your ability to think quickly, form connections and work with medical professionals will help you make a positive difference to your patients’ health and wellbeing. 

  • Ability to think clearly and act quickly
  • Strong communication skills
  • Patient and empathetic
  • Non-judgemental
  • Thrive on diverse and changing environments
  • Build rapport quickly with people
  • Adaptable

Paramedic science degrees

Get started with a paramedic science course at CQU.  

Our accredited paramedic science courses will qualify you as a paramedic and prepare you for a fast-paced career in emergency healthcare. You’ll graduate work ready, having built your capability in emergency treatment and paramedic care through a range of hands-on and practical learning experiences.


Nursing has become a really great career opportunity to consider. There’s so much you can do with a nursing qualification. There’s a high demand for qualified nurses.

A clinical unit is a unit where you’re going to be in the labs, which we call our clinical learning space is set up similar to behind me today, that’s where we have a simulated hospital environment.

So, in the simulated environment we have lots of different ways that we teach what we’re doing. You may have heard of MaskED where the educators use a simulated person or a simulated puppet to extract information to be able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of a patient.

We have lots of strong partnerships with our industry partners so not just with acute hospitals but with GP surgeries, with community, with mental health even correctional centre nursing.

We have clinical placements. A student must do 800 hours minimum of clinical placement. Our students will go to settings like the hospital, mental health community, they could go to an A&E, an ICU, a paediatric area that interests you.

What that offers then is your opportunity to show yourself while you’re on clinical placement to the people that are going to employ you later.

One of the best things about my course is the opportunity to do placements.

It’s like going in different clinic settings to practice the nursing skills that are taught at the Uni.

What I like most about my placements is that the nursing staff were accommodating, and the patients were so willing to be involved in the learning of Registered Nursing students like me.

I want to continue on this journey when I graduate. I want to be a part of the nursing workforce in this country.

The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited throughout Australia with an external body and it has to meet certain attributes for our students to be considered ready to go on to AHPRA, which is where we are registered once you finish your degree.

I believe becoming a registered nurse in Australia gives you great career opportunities. There are many choices to choose from depending on what interests you the most.

The beauty of an Australian nursing degree is the international recognition that Australia has. We have a reciprocal arrangement with New Zealand, so Australian nurses and New Zealand nurses do move across the borders. Also because of our degree a lot of countries seek nursing graduates.

Nursing to me is a fantastic foundational degree and as I say you can make many careers out of one Nursing degree, you’ll never get bored.

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    The best thing so far from my paramedic degree has really been the teaching staff just because they provide so much care and you can just really tell that they want us to do the best so that we become great paramedics.

    Katie Magill

    STEPS, Bachelor of Paramedic Science