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Career Outlook For Firefighters

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One of the many aspects of becoming a firefighter that you should look at when considering this career path is what type of growth this career has in store. Passion and desire are the first two things you want to make sure you have for this position, but the third is the potential for career growth and advancement. The following will inform you of the prospects of a career as a firefighter.

Education For Firefighters

While a high school diploma is all that is necessary for becoming a firefighter, it may halt your chances for career advancement. Earning your Fire Science degree will open more doors as a firefighter, as well as other career options.

Firefighters also receive extensive on-the-job training which is a great benefit. While schooling is very beneficial for concepts and hands-on training,  fighting fires in the real world is a whole other experience.

Job Growth For Firefighters

Within the next ten years the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be an addition of roughly 20,300 firefighter positions. This is important to know so that you are aware of your chances of having a career in this field.

Salary For Firefighters

Salaries for firefighters vary based on different circumstances, but the average pay for a firefighter according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics is $45,250 per year which breaks down to $21.75 per hour. Keep in mind, this is not starting salary, but rather the average salary of all firefighters. 

How do you feel about becoming a firefighter?