Firefighters

General Information

Description

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

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Industry areas

  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • Other Support Services
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Although improved building materials and building codes have resulted in a long-term decrease in fires and fire fatalities, firefighters will still be needed to respond to fires. Fires can spread rapidly, so controlling them quickly is very important. Wildland firefighters will still be needed to combat active fires and manage the environment to reduce the impact of fires. Firefighters will also continue to respond to medical emergencies.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$50,000

Military salary*

$45,006

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State-by-state Salary

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$75,420
$25,160
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Education

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