In the Air Force:
Tactical Air Control Party (TACP); Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Apprentice; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Helper; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Superintendent
In the Army:
Cannon Crewmember; Cavalry Scout; Combat Engineer; Combat Medic Specialist; Infantryman; M1 Armor Crewman; Military Police; Unit Supply Specialist; Wheeled Vehicle Repairer
Courage, strength, and a cool head under pressure are some of the most important qualities needed by firefighters. Firefighters control and put out fires, and respond to crisis situations where life and the environment are at risk. Firefighters enter burning buildings to extinguish fires and rescue people, sometimes carrying them. They connect hoses to hydrants, operate pumps, climb ladders, and use other tools to break through debris. The majority of calls they receive are for medical emergencies, so many firefighters also provide medical attention. Some firefighters clean up hazardous materials, such as oil spills and chemical accidents, while others are specially trained to control forest fires. Most firefighters work for local governments. Some work for federal and state governments, or at airports, chemical plants, and other industrial sites. Volunteer firefighters serve the same roles as paid firefighters and account for a large portion of the workforce in this field. Firefighters’ schedules are typically on duty at the fire station for 24 hours at a time, then off for 48 to 72 hours. Wildland firefighters may work for extended periods to get a forest fire under control. Firefighters have one of the highest rates of injuries and illnesses of all occupations. They must wear heavy, hot protective gear. Firefighters typically need a high school diploma, valid driver’s license, and an emergency medical technician certification. Candidates must successfully complete interviews, written and physical fitness tests, fire academy training, and, once hired, they must pass random drug tests.
What they do:
Control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.
On the job, you would:
Collaborate with other firefighters as a member of a firefighting crew.
Extinguish flames and embers to suppress fires, using shovels or engine- or hand-driven water or chemical pumps.
Test and maintain tools, equipment, jump gear, and parachutes to ensure readiness for fire suppression activities.
Safety and Government
public safety and security
law and government
Math and Science
Education and Training
teaching and course design
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
talking to others
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
changing what is done based on other people's actions
looking for ways to help people
exercise for a long time without getting out of breath
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat
use your arms and/or legs together while sitting, standing, or lying down
Hand and Finger Use
hold or move items with your hands
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
You might use software like this on the job:
Word processing software
Data base user interface and query software
Fire incident reporting systems
high school diploma/GED or bachelor's degree usually needed