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Forest Fire Inspectors & Prevention Specialists

Also called: Fire Lookout, Forest Officer, Forest Ranger, Ranger

What they do:
Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.
On the job, you would:
  • Relay messages about emergencies, accidents, locations of crew and personnel, and fire hazard conditions.
  • Direct crews working on firelines during forest fires.
  • Estimate sizes and characteristics of fires, and report findings to base camps by radio or telephone.


  • customer service
  • management
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • geography


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
Data base user interface and query software
  • Fire incident reporting systems
Map creation software
  • Mapping software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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