Also known as Fire Management Officer, Fire Operations Forester, Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Prevention Technician, Fire Technician, Forest Officer, Forest Patrolman, Forestry Patrolman, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Wildfire Prevention Specialist
Also known as Fire Management Officer, Fire Operations Forester, Fire Prevention Officer
Forest Fire Inspectors enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards, and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures.
In addition, Forest Fire Inspectors may report forest fires and weather conditions.
Forest Fire Inspectors are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Forest Fire Inspectors. More generally, Forest Fire Inspectors are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Forest Fire Inspector is $42,150, and the average salary is $52,130. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Forest Fire Inspector salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Forest Fire Inspectors earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Forest Fire Inspectors earn less than $29,660 per year, 25% earn less than $33,380, 75% earn less than $66,370, and 90% earn less than $86,270.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Forest Fire Inspectors is expected to change by 23.3%, and there should be roughly 400 open positions for Forest Fire Inspectors every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Forest Fire Inspector are usually higher in their Realistic, Conventional, and Enterprising interests.
Forest Fire Inspectors typically have very strong Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Also, Forest Fire Inspectors typically have strong Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Lastly, Forest Fire Inspectors typically have moderate Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Forest Fire Inspector tend to value Achievement, Relationships, and Independence.
Most importantly, Forest Fire Inspectors strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Forest Fire Inspectors strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Lastly, Forest Fire Inspectors strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Forest Fire Inspectors must consistently demonstrate qualities such as stress tolerance, dependability, and leadership.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Forest Fire Inspectors, ranked by importance:
Forest Fire Inspectors often have training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Forest Fire Inspectors usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with this occupation.
Forest Fire Inspectors may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as administration and management, customer and personal service, or education and training knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Forest Fire Inspectors might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Forest Fire Inspectors must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Forest Fire Inspectors need abilities such as oral expression, problem sensitivity, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Forest Fire Inspectors, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Forest Fire Inspectors frequently use skills like critical thinking, speaking, and coordination to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Forest Fire Inspectors, ranked by their relative importance.
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