Basic life support (BLS) trainers help people entering the medical field to learn the most fundamental rules of treatment and care, and medical emergency responders have the skills necessary to become a trainer. If you're currently working on an ambulance, here are four reasons to become a BLS trainer.

1. Earn a Good Wage

You can earn a good wage as a BLS instructor. According to one survey, the average pay for BLS and CPR instructors in the United States is $25.38 per hour. That'd equate to an annual salary of approximately $52,790 if you work full-time (although you probably won't).

2. Boost Your Income

You probably won't work full-time solely as a BLS trainer, as there are only so many classes and exams in a given area. This can be solid part-time work, however, and it makes an excellent side gig to regular ambulance work.

If you earn $25.38 per hour, you could bring in just over $100 during a half-day class or exam. It's fairly easy to add $400 to your monthly income if you find a regular weekly class to provide training at.

3. Schedule Flexibility and Dependability

As far as side hustles go, BLS training work is especially compatible with regular ambulance work. 

Many instructors work on a per-diem basis, which means you can choose what classes you work during and which ones you don't. If a class conflicts with your ambulance work or another obligation, just skip working at that class. There will be another class that you can teach during a different time.

Additionally, CPR and BLS classes are usually scheduled well in advance and have reliable hours. The advanced schedule makes it possible to block off time from your primary job for teaching the class. The dependable hours mean that you won't get stuck for hours after the class is over since everyone is done when the class time ends.

4. Perfect Your Skills

Becoming certified in CPR and BLS requires a competent level of knowledge and skill. Becoming a BLS trainer who teaches others these skills and works as an examiner requires perfecting your skills.

You'll have to ensure your knowledge and ability to perform BLS care are impeccable. Perfecting the skills will translate to better care for your patients, and it'll make you more desirable to employers in the emergency medicine field. You might even be able to get a raise if you're one of the best in the field.