Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot

Transport accident victims and medical patients through the skies.
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Salary Range
$35,000 – $120,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilots do?

When hospitals are too far away and ambulances can’t reach an emergency situation quickly enough, you — the Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot — are the one called in to save the day. When every minute counts, you could be the savior who gets a patient the medical help they need before time runs out.

Hospitals house you and a crew of Paramedics who are on call all hours of the day in case there’s a patient who needs to be picked up and brought into urgent care. The shifts are long, but at least you have a close group by your side while on call. Being a team player and creating a bond of trust within your crew are the best ways to ensure a successful mission, and when someone’s life is on the line, failure is not an option.

Once the call is made, you, the Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot, take to the air and, in a matter of minutes, you’re rushing to the location of the patient. Hopefully, you’re not afraid of heights as you ascend from the hospital landing pad, because as the Pilot, you’re not allowed to close your eyes. Much like a Helicopter Rescue Pilot, you have to stay alert every second, and doubly so as you make a stable landing to allow Flight Paramedics off and the patient aboard. Sometimes, as an Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot, you have to navigate tough mountain terrain and hazardous weather before you can touch ground, but if anyone can do it, it’s you!

As much as we don’t like to think about them, accidents and emergencies do happen, and when they do, it’s important that there are skilled people like you who can battle fear and the elements to bring someone who’s in danger into safe hands.


Should I be an Emergency Medical Service Helicopter Pilot?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Air Ambulance Pilot, Emergency Helicopter Pilot, Emergency Medical Service Rotary Wing Pilot See More

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