It’s important to recognize that safety is a big part of business and customer service today. People venturing out of their homes and into the world for whatever reason, want to feel as safe as possible. This is why more and more businesses are implementing safety features, the most popular among them; prepared staff. Here are just some of the professions that are asking more and more of their potential employees to get CPR certified.
Safety and Emergency Personnel
Firefighters, lifeguards, security guards, and firemen to name a few, are all professions that require CPR certification at the very least. CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and is meant to keep a victim’s heart pumping blood to the brain and body during the time it takes first responders to arrive on the scene. CPR alone is unlikely to save a person’s life, but performing CPR can keep a victim alive long enough to receive the needed medical attention to save their life.
Care-Givers, Parents, and Babysitters
Parents spend the most time with their children, especially their young children, so why wouldn’t they be educated in emergency preparedness? Their babysitters should also know adult and infant CPR, and often more. You want your children’s guardian to know CPR in case of choking and the 1,000 other things new parents worry about incessantly.
Volunteers are typically in high risk environments for emergencies to happen, or have already happened, so they are often required to get CPR certification. They, themselves, are often in situations with long hours without sitting, in extreme weather, and lifting heavy objects or other people and need the safety assurance of having trained people around them.
In the Exercise Industry
Lifeguards, personal trainers and coaches, yoga teachers, and other people who find themselves in the fitness industry would have their careers complimented by a CPR certification because of the common occurrence of cardiac arrest. Trainers often push their client’s bodies beyond their comfort levels and they need to be prepared if an incident were to occur.
Students and Teachers
Schools are huge congregations where it would be helpful for both some students and all teachers to have their CPR, AED, and first aid certifications. A student in high school or college might find themselves around other young adults who are exhibiting risky behavior and it would be a blessing for a percentage of students to look after their classmates after school, in dorms, on and off campus.
Construction workers, electricians, and other physical laborers are at higher risk of injury. All day, everyday they are at risk of straining their bodies with heavy equipment and exposure to the elements and sometimes dangerous materials and energy. In these high risk work places, it’s necessary to have a CPR certification and prepare for possible incidents.
Other professions requiring CPR Certification
Some obvious professions in need of CPR certifications are flight attendants, prison staff, counselors, and social workers, but some less obvious professions sometimes requiring certifications are wait staff at restaurants, any industry’s business manager, and office administrators and secretaries. The American Heart Association has published that 70% of American bystanders in emergency situations feel helpless and neglect to act to save another person’s life. Without CPR, victims often die within just minutes. Death does not discriminate who or where it will take a life. Certification is not just a resume booster, it can be the difference between life and death.