CPR Instructor

Save lives by teaching people how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
picture of CPR Instructor

Quick Stats

Very Good

Salary Range
$19,000 – $71,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do CPR Instructors do?

Fatalities are rare when emergency help is close by. As a CPR Instructor, you teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to individuals and groups in hopes that they can use it to save lives. Performing CPR until an ambulance arrives can make all the difference.

As a CPR Instructor, you typically teach individuals from the community who have little or no experience in first aid. You explain how to respond to an emergency scene and how to check the ABCs: airway, breathing, and circulation. If the victim isn’t breathing and has no pulse, or circulation, it’s time to perform CPR.

Once your students know how to react, they learn how to physically perform CPR. As a CPR Instructor, you’re qualified in this subject. You provide mannequins that your students can use for practice. You may even play fast-paced music to help them find the proper rhythm for pumping the victim’s chest.

Classes usually last two to three hours, and you have only one session with each group of students. Most are concerned citizens who don’t want to feel helpless in an emergency, though some may go on to become Nurses or even Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Some CPR Instructors work in the medical field and teach classes on weekends or certain days of the month. By teaching your skills to others, you can help save lives!

Should I be a CPR Instructor?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Instructor, Ceramics Instructor, Certified Flight Instructor, Chef Instructor See More

    How to become a CPR Instructor

    Most CPR Instructors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Bachelor's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9xazyp&chl=no+college+%2835%25%29|certificate+%2813%25%29||bachelor%27s+%2829%25%29|master%27s+%2814%25%29|doctorate+%289%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,35,35
    Schools close to

    You May Also Like

    Careers Similar to CPR Instructor