Ambulance Officers provide specialised transport services and emergency health care for injured, sick, infirm and aged persons.

Specialisations: Patient Transport Officer.

You usually need a bachelor degree in science, health science, paramedicine or equivalent course to work as an Ambulance Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses may be available for some Ambulance Officer specialisations (volunteer paramedics and non-emergency patient transport officer for example).

Tasks

  • Attends accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance and provides pre-hospital care.
  • Assesses health of patients, assesses need for assistance, specialised needs and factors affecting patients' conditions.
  • Performs therapies and administers drugs according to protocol.
  • Resuscitates and defibrillates patients and operates life-support equipment.
  • Transports accident victims to medical facilities.
  • Transports sick and disabled persons for specialised treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Instructs community groups and essential service workers in first aid.
  • Attends public events where accidents and other health emergencies may occur.
  • Ensures that ambulances are adequately maintained and stocked with medical supplies, and that equipment is in good working order.
  • Prepares written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment.

More about Ambulance Officers and Paramedics

All Ambulance Officers and Paramedics

  • $2,180 Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Ambulance Officers

  • 12,700 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 86% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 38% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Ambulance Officers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 10,900 in 2011 to 12,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Ambulance Officers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (86%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 48 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 38% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Health Care and Social Assistance96.5
Public Administration and Safety1.4
Administrative and Support Services0.7
Mining0.6
Other Industries0.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateAmbulance OfficersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.631.6
VIC28.625.6
QLD24.920.0
SA7.17.0
WA8.010.8
TAS2.02.0
NT1.21.0
ACT0.71.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketAmbulance OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-247.3-9.39.3
25-3430.4-22.922.9
35-4425.2-22.022.0
45-5423.3-21.621.6
55-598.2-9.09.0
60-643.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationAmbulance OfficersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate6.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree48.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma31.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV7.3-21.121.1
Year 123.4-18.118.1
Year 110.8-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.7-12.512.5

You usually need a bachelor degree in science, health science, paramedicine or equivalent course to work as an Ambulance Officer. VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses may be available for some Ambulance Officer specialisations (volunteer paramedics and non-emergency patient transport officer for example).

You must also be registered with with the Paramedic Board of Australia.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • driver's licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests
  • be up to date with immunisations

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Health Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Ambulance Officers and Paramedics who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    89% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and Training

    74% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Psychology

    71% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. Medicine and Dentistry

    70% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  5. English Language

    69% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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  1. Impact of Decisions

    97% Important

    What results do your decisions have on other people?

  2. Physical Proximity

    97% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

  3. Work With Work Group or Team

    97% Important

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  4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    96% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  5. Deal With External Customers

    96% Important

    How important is it to work with customers or the public?

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