Ambulance Drivers

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Ambulance Drivers

Ambulance Drivers - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, ambulance drivers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Almost always work as part of a team of emergency response professionals.
  • Have a medium level of social interaction. Ambulance drivers work with emergency medical technicians (EMTs), hospital workers, and dispatchers.
  • Are extremely responsible for patients' health and safety.
  • Communicate often with others by phone and in person.
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  • Are somewhat responsible for the work done by other workers.
  • Sometimes deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Often wear a special uniform.
  • Often are exposed to diseases and infections.
  • Work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Occasionally are exposed to contaminants.
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  • Sometimes wear protective or safety attire such as latex gloves.
  • Occasionally are exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
  • Are occasionally exposed to very hot or cold temperatures.
  • Work in and drive an ambulance.
  • Work physically close to patients.
  • Sometimes must deal with individuals who may be aggressive or physically violent.

Work Performance

  • Must fully complete and be exact in their work. Errors could have serious effects on patients' health.
  • Make decisions that affect patients and coworkers on a regular basis. They may have to make snap decisions when driving without talking to a supervisor first.
  • Usually consult a supervisor before determining daily tasks and goals.
  • Must meet strict weekly deadlines.


  • May work full time or part time.
  • May work days, evenings, nights, or weekends.
  • May work 24-hour shifts.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.