General Firefighting Job Information

Firefighters help protect the public against danger by responding to fires and a variety of other emergencies. In addition to putting out fires, they are frequently the first emergency personnel at the scene of a traffic accident or medical emergency.

Firefighters work in a variety of settings, including metropolitan areas, rural areas with grasslands and forests, airports, chemical plants and other industrial sites.

Firefighters are usually employed by local governments.

Applicants for city fire fighting jobs generally must pass written, physical, and medical examinations.

Although employment is expected to grow faster than the average, fierce competition for jobs is expected because this occupation attracts many qualified candidates.

Median Salary
$45,264 (some city departments range as high as $76,000 annually)

Education Requirements
Most fire fighters have a high school diploma, however, an associate degree in fire science may improve an applicant's chances for a job. A number of colleges and universities offer courses leading to 2 or 4 year degrees in fire engineering or fire science.

Job Outlook
Employment of workers in fire fighting occupations is expected to grow by 12 percent over the 2006-2016 decade, which is as fast as the average for all occupations. Most job growth will stem from volunteer firefighting positions being converted to paid positions.

Click here to see Sandy Fire Department's Firefighter job description.