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Fire Inspectors & Investigators

Also called: Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, Fire Prevention Inspector, Fire Safety 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
Engineering and Technology
  • building and construction
  • mechanical
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
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

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
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Code database software
  • Microsoft Access Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology
Analytical or scientific software
  • Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport CFAST
  • Fire Dynamics Software FDS

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$61,660
$38,090
$96,400
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