I thought I'd devote some cyber-space to something all aspiring Student Paramedics should know about for Interviews - Career pathways and specialisations once you are qualified. I was asked this on two of my Interviews which made me glad that I had done my research, one interview I was even asked how I would like to specialise later on down the line if I was successful and why I chose that particular career path.
So here we go with some of the options available to a Paramedic with a few years under your belt:
Emergency Care Practitioner (ECP)
I've talked about this in-depth already (PARAMEDICS AND THE MILITARY) so I won't go on too much about this one but as discussed already it's an emerging field within the Armed Forces and there is a demand for Paramedics (albeit a small one). Don't forget you can serve as a military Paramedic part-time as well through the Reserve Forces once qualified.
This may be one you haven't thought that much about, but it exists. The College of Paramedics hires experienced Paramedics to carry out Research projects to develop the field of pre-hospital and unscheduled care. But it's not just the College of Paramedics - pretty much any Hospital, Ambulance Trust or University that commissions any sort of study that a Paramedic could have an input in is an opportunity if this is your thing later on down the line. Generally you're looking at holding a Masters or PhD at this stage.
I don't know about you but at 60 I don't fancy kneeling down in someones living room carrying out CPR. Paramedic Practice is now an educational vocation and that isn't likely to change, someone will have to train the next generation of Paramedics - why not let that be you? With alot of years and qualifications under your belt you can go back to Uni but on the other side of the classroom this time and pass on your knowledge.
So there's a list of what you can specialise as at the moment - but what about the future? Who knows but you only need to look at the work the College of Paramedics is carrying out to get a feel for what's next - Paramedic Prescribing of drugs. In-line with the rest of the Healthcare Professionals world you will likely need a Masters to be able to prescribe drugs but these very experience Paramedics will be found on Ambulances, in Hospitals and in GPs surgeries just like Nurse Practitioners and will be able to prescribe drugs which will again alleviate the stress on A&E departments further.
I hope all of this has given you something to think about!