Forest fire inspectors: Salary, career path, job outlook, education and more

Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists assess outdoor fire hazards in public and residential areas. They look for fire code infractions and for conditions that pose a wildfire risk. They also recommend ways to reduce fire hazards. During patrols, they enforce fire regulations and report fire conditions to their central command center.

Education Required
Because fire inspectors and investigators typically have previous work experience as a firefighter, many have completed a postsecondary educational program for emergency medical technicians (EMTs). Some employers prefer candidates with a 2- or 4-year degree in fire science, engineering, or chemistry. For those candidates interested in becoming forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists, a high school diploma or equivalent typically is required.
Training Required
Training requirements vary by state, but programs usually include instruction in a classroom setting in addition to on-the-job training.
Job Outlook
The projected percent change in employment from 2016 to 2026: 10% (Faster than average)
(The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.)
Many states have certification exams that cover standards established by the National Fire Protection Association. Many states require additional training for inspectors and investigators each year in order for them to maintain their certification.
Median pay: How much do Fire Inspectors make?
$56,130 Annual Salary
$26.98 per hour

Careers for Fire Inspectors

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  • Fire rangers
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  • Forest fire control officers
  • Forest fire officers
  • Wildfire prevention specialists
  • Wildland fire operations specialists

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