What is a Firefighter?
Occupation 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.
Other Firefighter Job Titles
- Fire Equipment Operator
- Smoke Jumper
- Forest Firefighter
- Fire Fighter
- Fire Engine Pump Operator
Job Demand for Firefighters
In the United States, there were 327,300 jobs for Firefighter in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 23,600 new jobs for Firefighter by 2026. There will be an estimated 24,300 positions for Firefighter per year.
The states with the most job growth for Firefighter are Utah, Texas, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in New Jersey, Maryland, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
How Much Does a Firefighter Make?
Firefighters make between $25,170 and $88,920 a year.
Firefighters who work in New York, New Jersey, or Washington, make the highest salaries.
Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Firefighters in different U.S. states.
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Where Firefighters Are Employed
The table below shows the approximate number of Firefighters employed by various industries.
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