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Firefighters

Firefighters
Quick Facts : Firefighters*
2010 Median Pay$45,250
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012310,400
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change26,600


Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

What Firefighters Do

Firefighters protect the public by responding to fires and other emergencies. They are frequently the first emergency personnel on the scene of an accident.

Work Environment

When not on the scene of an emergency, firefighters work at fire stations, where they sleep, eat, and remain on call during shifts that often last 24 hours.
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Job Outlook

Employment of firefighters is expected to grow by 9 percent, slower than the average for all occupations. Physically fit applicants with high test scores and some postsecondary firefighter education and paramedic training should have the best prospects.
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Pay

The median annual wage of firefighters was $45,250 in May 2010.
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Firefighters*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Firefighters

45250

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

51034.1667

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Firefighters*
Percent Change in Employment

Firefighters

8.56959

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

10.89271409312884

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Firefighters

Firefighters must usually have a high school diploma, but some have a postsecondary degree in fire science or a related discipline. Most firefighters must pass written and physical tests, complete a series of interviews, and hold an emergency medical technician (EMT) certification. All firefighters receive extensive training after being hired.
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