Fire Inspectors

General Information

Description

Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government48.83%
  2. Private, for profit38.04%
  3. Federal government6.18%
  4. Self-employed5.77%
  5. Private, not for profit1.18%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Industry areas

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Investigation and Security Services

Job Outlook

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.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$60,310

State-by-state Salary

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$91,730
$37,670
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 26%
  • Post-secondary certificate 26%
  • High school 20%
  • Some college 12%
  • Less than high school 7%
  • Master's degree 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Education and Training
  • Building and Construction
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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