Fastest Growing First Response Careers
FireLink and the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists
9% Projected Job Increase
1,700 New Jobs
Average Salary (2008): $36,410
Employment is expected to grow as fast as the average for all jobs, although there will be intense competition between applicants. Those firefighters who pursue advanced education in the engineering fields will be particular desirable.
Forest Fire Inspector and Prevention Specialists have completed basic firefighter training, but also hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in fire science, ecology, or forest engineering. Many forest fire inspectors began as wildland firefighters.