Strong demand for paramedics
Opportunities for paramedics are expected to continue to grow due to:
- the ageing New Zealand population, which is creating increased demand for health service workers, including paramedics
- a $21 million government funding boost for ambulance services in 2019
- the trend to have two paramedics working in each ambulance, rather than one.
Paramedic appears on Immigration New Zealand's Green List. This means the Government is actively encouraging skilled paramedics from overseas to work in New Zealand.
According to the Census, 624 paramedics worked in New Zealand in 2018.
Volunteering boosts job chances
Your chances of getting a job are best if you:
- have relevant paid or volunteer experience as an ambulance driver, emergency medical assistant or emergency medical technician
- can relate to people from a wide range of backgrounds, including migrants
- are willing to work outside the main cities and towns.
Most paramedics work for St John
St John is New Zealand's largest paramedic employer.
Paramedics may also work for:
- Wellington Free Ambulance and other private ambulance services
- air ambulance and rescue helicopter services
- the New Zealand Defence Force.