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33-2021.02 - Fire Investigators

Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.

Sample of reported job titles: Arson Investigator, Chief Arson Division, Fire and Explosion Investigator, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Investigator, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Marshal, Investigator, State Fire Marshal

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Tasks

  • Examine fire sites and collect evidence such as glass, metal fragments, charred wood, and accelerant residue for use in determining the cause of a fire. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Photograph damage and evidence related to causes of fires or explosions to document investigation findings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze evidence and other information to determine probable cause of fire or explosion. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Package collected pieces of evidence in securely closed containers, such as bags, crates, or boxes, to protect them. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Testify in court cases involving fires, suspected arson, and false alarms. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare and maintain reports of investigation results, and records of convicted arsonists and arson suspects. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Subpoena and interview witnesses, property owners, and building occupants to obtain information and sworn testimony. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate efforts with other organizations, such as law enforcement agencies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Swear out warrants, and arrest and process suspected arsonists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Test sites and materials to establish facts, such as burn patterns and flash points of materials, using test equipment. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Instruct children about the dangers of fire. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Dust evidence or portions of fire scenes for latent fingerprints. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct internal investigation to determine negligence and violation of laws and regulations by fire department employees. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adjustable wrenches — Adjustable hand wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Anemometers — Digital anemometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ball peen hammer — Ball peen hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Barometers — Digital barometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bolt cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Box end wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Bullet proof vests — Ballistic vests See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Camera flashes or lighting — Camera flash attachments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Camera lens — Camera lenses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Camera tripods — Camera positioning tripods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Circuit tester — Circuit continuity testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Claw hammer — Claw hammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cold chisels — Flat cold chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Direction finding compasses — Magnetic compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dosing droppers — Eye droppers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ear muffs — Protective ear muffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • End cut pliers — Side-cutting pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fingerprint equipment — Fingerprint kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire extinguishers — Portable fire extinguishers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fire suppression hand tools — Fire rakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flashlight — High powered flashlights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Flood light — Flood lighting See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Forestry saws — Crosscut saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fuse pullers — Fuse pulling tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas detectors — Multigas detectors; Photoionization detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas generators — Gasoline powered generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • GFI circuit testers — Ground fault testers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hacksaw — Hacksaws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handcuffs — Metal handcuffs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handguns — Law enforcement handguns See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Dry bulb thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hatchets — Fire axes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hoes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hydrocarbons analyzers or detectors — Catalytic combustion detectors CCD; Hydrocarbon detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory forceps — Evidence collection forceps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ladders — Stepladders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser fax machine — Laser facsimile machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Levels — Bar levels; Torpedo levels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lightmeters — Photographic meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Linemans pliers — Linesman's pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Locking pliers — Vise grip pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnetic tools — Pencil magnets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Magnifying glass — Magnifiers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Masks or accessories — Dust masks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mobile phones — Smart phones See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pad or keyhole saw — Keyhole saws See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe or tube cutter — Universal pipe cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pipe wrenches — Adjustable pipe wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Plumb bobs — Laser plumb bobs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pocket knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Power drills — Cordless drills See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective coats — Firefighters' coats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Protective pants — Firefighters' pants See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pry bars — Crowbars; Pinch bars See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Psychrometers — Wet bulb thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Putty knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rakes — Steel-tine garden rakes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rangefinders — Laser rangefinders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Razor knives — Pen knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respiration air supplying self contained breathing apparatus or accessories — Self-contained breathing apparatus See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Respirators — Filter mask respirators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rulers — Photographic rulers; Precision rulers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety glasses — Protective eyewear See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety helmets — Fire helmets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Safety hoods — Firefighting hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Screwdrivers — Bit drivers; Phillips screwdrivers; Straight blade screwdrivers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shears — Carpet cutters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shovels — Flathead shovels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Single gas monitors — Single gas detectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sledge hammer — Sledgehammers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slip or groove joint pliers — Slip-lock pliers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty wrenches — Hydrant wrenches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers — Portable spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Still cameras — 35 millimeter cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sump pumps — Portable sump pumps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tablet computers — Portable computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tape measures — Steel tape measures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tinners snips — Tin snips See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Trowels — Masonry trowels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tweezers — Evidence tweezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Two way radios — Mobile radios See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultraviolet UV lamps — Ultraviolet UV lights See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Utility knives — Multipurpose knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Voltage indicators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire cutters — Wire cutting tools See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire gauge — Wire gauges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wire-stripping pliers — Wire strippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wood chisels See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray radiography examination equipment — X ray inspection equipment See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport CFAST; Fire Dynamics Software FDS * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access; National Fire Incident Reporting System NFIRS * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Human resources software — Xerox Government systems FIREHOUSE Software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

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

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Knowledge

  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • 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. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Examine debris to obtain information about causes of fires. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Testify at legal or legislative proceedings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze crime scene evidence. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Examine crime scenes to obtain evidence. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record crime or accident scene evidence with video or still cameras. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate crimes committed within organizations. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Apprehend criminal suspects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare investigation or incident reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Record information about suspects or criminals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interview people to gather information about criminal activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement or security agencies to respond to incidents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Educate the public about fire safety or prevention. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Telephone — 100% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With External Customers — 90% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 93% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 84% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — 82% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 71% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 65% responded “Constant contact with others.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 70% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 60% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 64% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 73% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 69% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — 48% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 67% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Contaminants — 69% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Coordinate or Lead Others — 61% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 63% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — 76% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 39% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — 63% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — 61% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — 35% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 42% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — 51% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Physical Proximity — 60% responded “Moderately close (at arm's length).” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 48% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — 49% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — 52% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — 61% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations — 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Outdoors, Under Cover — 47% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Standing — 54% responded “About half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — 34% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 40% responded “Important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 23% responded “Moderate responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — 38% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — 34% responded “Once a year or more but not every month.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

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
27   Associate's degree
26   Post-secondary certificate Help
21   Some college, no degree

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRC

  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • 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. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Fire Inspectors and Investigators.
Employment data collected from Fire Inspectors and Investigators.
Industry data collected from Fire Inspectors and Investigators.

Median wages (2014) $26.99 hourly, $56,130 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 12,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 4,400
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 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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