Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
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Overall employment of fire inspectors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will vary by specialization. Employment of fire inspectors and investigators is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Fire inspectors will be needed to assess potential fire hazards in newly constructed residential, commercial, public, and other buildings in the coming decade. Fire inspectors will also be needed to ensure that existing buildings meet updated and revised federal, state, and local fire codes each year. Although the number of structural fires occurring across the country has been falling for some time, fire investigators will still be needed to determine the cause of fires and explosions. Employment of forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists is projected to grow 27 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 500 new jobs over the 10-year period. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists are expected to be needed to help prevent and control the increasingly destructive wildfires that the United States has been experiencing.Read More
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