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33-1021.02 - Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors

Supervise fire fighters who control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Sample of reported job titles: Assistant Unit Forester, Crew Boss, District Fire Management Officer, Engine Boss, Fire Captain, Fire Management Officer, Firefighter Type One (FFT1), Forest Fire Specialist Supervisor, Section Forest Fire Warden, Squad Boss

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
90   Core Communicate fire details to superiors, subordinates, or interagency dispatch centers, using two-way radios.
88   Core Evaluate size, location, and condition of forest fires.
87   Core Serve as a working leader of an engine, hand, helicopter, or prescribed fire crew of three or more firefighters.
85   Core Maintain fire suppression equipment in good condition, checking equipment periodically to ensure that it is ready for use.
84   Core Train workers in skills such as parachute jumping, fire suppression, aerial observation, or radio communication, in the classroom or on the job.
84   Core Request and dispatch crews and position equipment so fires can be contained safely and effectively.
81   Core Operate wildland fire engines or hoselays.
80   Core Recruit or hire forest firefighting personnel.
79   Core Maintain knowledge of forest fire laws and fire prevention techniques and tactics.
79   Core Monitor prescribed burns to ensure that they are conducted safely and effectively.
78   Core Direct and supervise prescribed burn projects and prepare postburn reports, analyzing burn conditions and results.
78   Core Schedule employee work assignments and set work priorities.
78   Core Identify staff training and development needs to ensure that appropriate training can be arranged.
77   Core Monitor fire suppression expenditures to ensure that they are necessary and reasonable.
74   Core Drive crew carriers to transport firefighters to fire sites.
74   Core Inspect stations, uniforms, equipment, or recreation areas to ensure compliance with safety standards, taking corrective action as necessary.
71   Core Regulate open burning by issuing burning permits, inspecting problem sites, issuing citations for violations of laws and ordinances, or educating the public in proper burning practices.
71   Core Perform administrative duties, such as compiling and maintaining records, completing forms, preparing reports, or composing correspondence.
70   Core Review and evaluate employee performance.
67   Core Recommend equipment modifications or new equipment purchases.
66   Core Investigate special fire issues, such as railroad fire problems, right-of-way burning, or slash disposal problems.
65   Core Lead work crews in the maintenance of structures or access roads in forest areas.
64   Core Educate the public about forest fire prevention by participating in activities such as exhibits or presentations or by distributing promotional materials.
80   Supplemental Observe fires or crews from air to determine firefighting force requirements or to note changing conditions that will affect firefighting efforts.
75   Supplemental Direct investigations of suspected arson in wildfires, working closely with other investigating agencies.
68   Supplemental Appraise damage caused by fires and prepare damage reports.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

All terrain vehicles tracked or wheeled — All terrain vehicles ATV; Marsh rigs
Anemometers — Wind gauges
Emergency medical services first aid kits — First aid kits
Fire or rescue trucks — Water tenders; Wildland fire engines
Fire pump sets — Backpack pumps; Foam pumps; Portable low-pressure pumps; Portable pumps (see all 7 examples)
Fire suppression hand tools — Fire axes; McLeod tools; Pulaski tools
Lighters — Backfiring fusees; Drip torches
Notebook computers — Laptop computers; Mobile data computers
Power saws — Chain saws; Falling saws
Two way radios
Weather stations — Portable meteorological stations

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — BehavePlus *; FARSITE *; FlamMap *
Data base user interface and query software — Fire incident reporting systems; Microsoft Access; Wildland Fire Assessment System WFAS
Electronic mail software — Email software
Internet browser software — Web browser software
Map creation software — ESRI ArcView; Mapping software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Project management software — Resource Ordering and Statusing System ROSS
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Corel WordPerfect software; Microsoft Word

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

See all 41 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
79   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
78   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
74   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
74   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
73   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
70   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
68   Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
68   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
64   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
63   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
61   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
53   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
50   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
49   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
48   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
47   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
44   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
44   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
43   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
40   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
39   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
38   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
36   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
35   Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
30   Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
28   History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
27   Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
27   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
26   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
16   Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
16   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
75   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
75   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
75   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
75   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
72   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
69   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
69   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
69   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
66   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
66   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
63   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
60   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
60   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
56   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
56   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
53   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
53   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
50   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
50   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
50   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
50   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
47   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
47   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
44   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
44   Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
41   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
35   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
35   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
31   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
31   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
28   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
22   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
19   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
10   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
75   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
75   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
72   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
72   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
69   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
66   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
66   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
66   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
66   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
63   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
63   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
63   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
60   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
56   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
56   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
56   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
53   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
53   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
53   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
53   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
53   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
50   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
50   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
50   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
50   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
50   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
50   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
50   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
50   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
47   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
47   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
47   Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
44   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
44   Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
44   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
44   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
41   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
41   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
41   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
38   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
38   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
38   Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
35   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
35   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
25   Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.
25   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
22   Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
19   Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
10   Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
88   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Drive vehicles to transport individuals or equipment.
87   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
  • Operate firefighting equipment.
86   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
84   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
82   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to share information.
  • Communicate situation details to appropriate personnel.
  • Relay information about incidents or emergencies to personnel using phones or two-way radios.
  • Request emergency personnel.
82   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
81   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Direct criminal investigations.
  • Direct employee training programs.
  • Direct fire fighting or prevention activities.
  • Prepare activity or work schedules.
80   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention.
  • Train employees in proper work procedures.
79   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
79   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
78   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
78   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Assess characteristics of fires.
  • Monitor environmental conditions to detect hazards.
77   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
77   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
76   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Maintain professional knowledge or certifications.
75   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
75   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Maintain operational records.
  • Record information about environmental conditions.
  • Write operational reports.
75   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Inspect equipment to ensure safety or proper functioning.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with fire regulations.
  • Inspect facilities to ensure compliance with security or safety regulations.
74   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
73   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
73   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
72   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
71   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
68   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
67   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain fire fighting tools or equipment.
66   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
66   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
63   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
63   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
  • Evaluate employee performance.
62   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
61   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
  • Issue permits or other legal documents.
  • Issue warnings or citations.
60   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
59   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
58   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
58   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
  • Recommend improvements to increase safety or reduce risks.
57   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
57   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
55   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
49   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.
37   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
36   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Work Context
Percentage of Top Responses
Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?


83     Every day
16     Once a week or more but not every day
Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?


75     Very high responsibility
23     High responsibility
Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?


71     Every day
22     Once a week or more but not every day
Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?


68     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?


65     A lot of freedom
30     Some freedom
Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?


66     Extremely important
28     Very important
Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?


58     Every day
37     Once a week or more but not every day
Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?


57     Extremely important
27     Very important
15     Important
Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?


48     Every day
46     Once a week or more but not every day
Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?


50     Very high responsibility
42     High responsibility
Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?


77     Extremely serious
Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?


65     Constant contact with others
14     Contact with others most of the time
13     Contact with others about half the time
Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?


54     Very important results
40     Important results
In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?


45     Every day
45     Once a week or more but not every day
Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?


52     Every day
34     Once a week or more but not every day
Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?


46     Extremely important
29     Very important
25     Important
Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?


30     A lot of freedom
62     Some freedom
Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?


42     Every day
38     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.


64     More than 40 hours
27     40 hours
Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?


26     Every day
48     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?


26     Every day
49     Once a week or more but not every day
19     Once a month or more but not every week
Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?


19     Every day
62     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?


32     Very close (near touching)
33     Moderately close (at arm's length)
28     Slightly close (e.g., shared office)
Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?


11     Every day
66     Once a week or more but not every day
21     Once a month or more but not every week
Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?


24     Every day
51     Once a week or more but not every day
17     Once a month or more but not every week
Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?


28     Extremely competitive
38     Highly competitive
24     Moderately competitive
Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?


14     Every day
55     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?


25     Every day
36     Once a week or more but not every day
31     Once a month or more but not every week
Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?


27     Continually or almost continually
40     More than half the time
16     About half the time
17     Less than half the time
Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?


15     Every day
35     Once a week or more but not every day
43     Once a month or more but not every week
Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?


66     Once a week or more but not every day
15     Once a month or more but not every week
11     Never
Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?


20     Extremely important
19     Very important
45     Important
16     Fairly important
Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?


25     Every day
26     Once a week or more but not every day
18     Once a month or more but not every week
23     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?


11     Continually or almost continually
16     More than half the time
55     About half the time
18     Less than half the time
Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?


22     Seasonal (only during certain times of the year)
66     Irregular (changes with weather conditions, production demands, or contract duration)
12     Regular (established routine, set schedule)
Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
46     Once a month or more but not every week
26     Once a year or more but not every month
Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?


12     Once a week or more but not every day
61     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?


19     Continually or almost continually
27     About half the time
44     Less than half the time
Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?


13     Continually or almost continually
16     More than half the time
25     About half the time
46     Less than half the time
Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?


20     Continually or almost continually
23     About half the time
44     Less than half the time
Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?


21     Every day
23     Once a week or more but not every day
22     Once a year or more but not every month
26     Never
Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?


28     Once a week or more but not every day
27     Once a month or more but not every week
21     Once a year or more but not every month
17     Never
Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?


20     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
49     Once a year or more but not every month
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?


19     Once a week or more but not every day
36     Once a month or more but not every week
19     Once a year or more but not every month
18     Never
Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?


12     Extremely important
23     Very important
16     Important
31     Fairly important
18     Not important at all
Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?


18     Continually or almost continually
20     About half the time
41     Less than half the time
15     Never
Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?


17     More than half the time
30     About half the time
53     Less than half the time
In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?


23     Once a week or more but not every day
14     Once a month or more but not every week
43     Once a year or more but not every month
15     Never
Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?


14     Once a week or more but not every day
25     Once a month or more but not every week
30     Once a year or more but not every month
23     Never
Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?


23     Once a week or more but not every day
26     Once a month or more but not every week
29     Once a year or more but not every month
21     Never
Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?


13     Continually or almost continually
20     About half the time
50     Less than half the time
13     Never
Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?


55     Once a year or more but not every month
31     Never
Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?


27     Once a year or more but not every month
53     Never
Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)


21     Important
22     Fairly important
50     Not important at all
Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?


49     Slightly automated
39     Not at all automated
Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?


77     Never
Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?


43     Less than half the time
49     Never

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations 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 these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, occupational therapy assistants, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
30   Associate's degree
19   High school diploma or equivalent Help
18   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Enterprising — 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.
78   Realistic — 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.
50   Conventional — 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.
33   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
28   Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
 Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
91   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
90   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
89   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
89   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
88   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
86   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
85   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
84   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
84   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
83   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
82   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
81   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
80   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
77   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
76   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
62   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
83   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
78   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
72   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
72   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
61   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
50   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. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers.
Employment data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers.
Industry data collected from First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers.

Median wages (2013) $33.68 hourly, $70,040 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 62,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 30,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Government (97% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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