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ISCO 08 Code 3258  Ambulance workers

 Lead Statement

Ambulance workers provide emergency health care and transport for injured, sick, infirm and aged persons to medical facilities.

Task statement

Tasks include:

  • attending accidents, emergencies and requests for medical assistance;
  • assessing health of patients, determining need for assistance, and assessing specialized needs and factors affecting patients' conditions;
  • performing therapies and administering drugs according to protocol;
  • resuscitating and defibrillating patients and operating life-support equipment;
  • transporting accident victims to medical facilities;
  • transporting sick and disabled persons to and from medical facilities for specialized treatment and rehabilitation;
  • instructing community groups and essential service workers in first aid;
  • attending public gatherings and sporting events where accidents and other health emergencies may occur;
  • preparing written reports on the state of patients' injuries and treatment provided.

Included occupations

Examples of the occupations classified here:

  • Ambulance officer
  • Ambulance paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician
  • Emergency paramedic

Excluded occupations

Some related occupations classified elsewhere:

  • Paramedical practitioner - 2240
  • Ambulance driver - 8322


Occupations included in this Unit group normally require formal training in emergency medical treatment, patient transport, ambulance principles and practice, or a related field. Ambulance drivers who do not provide health care are classified in Unit group 8322 Car, taxi and van drivers.


New group - definition based on ANZSCO 4111

ISCO 88 Code(s) 5132 part

(NCvB; Maart 2010)