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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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. State and local government87.07%
  2. Federal government10.51%
  3. Private, for profit2.00%
  4. Self-employed0.24%
  5. Private, not for profit0.16%

Job Outlook

Employment of firefighters is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 27,000 openings for firefighters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$52,500

Military salary*

$55,727

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State-by-state Salary

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$89,350
$29,340
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Education

Knowledge

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