Wow, and I thought nursing was notorious for eating their young! Way to attack a new and VERY enthusiastic RT. Since I have taken the time to get to know him better, I can say that he is very excited about his career, often exhibited by his curiosity and investigation of evidenced-based practice. As previously stated by Gila, Tom is working on his baccalaureate in RT. He may be seeking thoughs experienced with content external to academia. It may only be my opinion, but your tone does come across as fairly aggressive, adversarial, and often condescending. You seem to be a valuable, experienced and enthusiastic RT, but unfortunately not approachable.
Now looking at the original post, this corpsman intends to also obtain licensure as an RN as well as RT. I'm sure John could quickly calculate the statistics faster than I could, but there are tremendously more HEMS RN jobs than RT. Depending on where in the country Matt wants to live, there are virtually no prehospital HEMS RT jobs, only interfacility. So, at least relative to HEMS, Tom's statement is fairly accurate.
What might be productive, would be a discussion and direction regarding RT opportunities beyond HEMS. Matt is pondering making a significant academic commitment to obtain dual licensure.
Showing him there is much more to RT is not attacking him. Telling him as a new RT not to sell the profession short until he gets experience is not attacking. But then, I am saying RT can have opportunites also, not just nursing. Sorry if that offends you as a nurse.
To be clear, I am not attacking him and I have told him this in PMs and I will announce it to the world on the AARC forums in a blog about this topic. But, I do believe he should get some experience as an RT before selling the profession short. I have invited him to the AARC forum where many of us are very approachable. There are many excellent RRTs out there who are more than willing to give him credible advice and resources. If he is already accepting that nursing is better and that there are no opportunities for RTs or that there is no way in hell he could work HEMS, then he is already giving up as an RT despite his degree. Examples of HEMS teams have been given even if there are very few. We also don't know what the future will bring to RTs. If the new kids coming out of school with BS degrees have already signed off on RT having no opportunities nor none can be made, then the future truly sucks for RT.
There are only 100,000 RTs in this country. There are nearly 4 million RNs. There are many flight teams and only half are really worth applying for and some are just looking for warm bodies. So yeah you can be a flight nurse fairly easily especially if you are willing to settle for less.
Opportunity is one thing but what do you really want to do? RT has a very specific focus and if that is your passion that is what you should do and try to get on with a specialty team or one of the few HEMS.
The OP also deserves to hear that RT is a great profession and not just nursing is the greatest.
If you read the OP's question carefully he also expressed interest in NICU. The Neonatal component is a different ballgame. If you just want to do HEMS as emergency response, being a Paramedic would be the way to go in many more places. Not RT and not RN.
Also, please do not make IFT especially for the Specialty teams sound like they are of no value. Transporting a 23 weeker with a congenital heart defect can be just as intense as most of the patients transport on an average day by HEMS.