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Fire Investigators

Also called: Arson Investigator, Fire Investigator, Fire Marshal, State Fire Marshal

What they do:
Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare and maintain reports of investigation results, and records of convicted arsonists and arson suspects.
  • Testify in court cases involving fires, suspected arson, and false alarms.
  • Package collected pieces of evidence in securely closed containers, such as bags, crates, or boxes, to protect them.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Business
  • customer service

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • teaching people how to do something

Abilities

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

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Concern for Others
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport CFAST
  • Fire Dynamics Software FDS
Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
  • National Fire Incident Reporting System NFIRS
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$59,260
$34,800
$95,960
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