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Fire Inspectors & Investigators

Also called: Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Prevention Inspector

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What they do:
Inspect buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and state laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause 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

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

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by writing
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Initiative
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Code database software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Presentation software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$64,600
$40,190
$100,730
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