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Career Profile: Firefighter

Career Profile: Firefighter

Considering a career as a firefighter?

November 07, 2011

A firefighter’s job involves the protection of life, property and environment. Fighting fires is dangerous and complex, therefore requiring organization and teamwork. Firefighters provide emergency medical attention, ventilate smoke-filled areas, and attempt to salvage the contents of buildings. Other duties include routine apparatus maintenance, drilling, and training in new techniques.

Median Annual Salary


Education Requirements

Applicants are required to have a college degree or equivalent education.* A knowledge of Spanish is very important; those who aren’t able to pass the language test during application are required to take training before being assigned to a post.

Job Outlook

Most fire fighters have a high school diploma, however the completion of community college courses, or in some cases, an associate degree, in fire science may improve an applicant’s chances for a job.

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