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Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Fire Inspectors and Investigators
Quick Facts : Fire Inspectors and Investigators*
2010 Median Pay$52,230
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201213,600
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change1,200

Fire inspectors and investigators inspect buildings and structures search for fire hazards in order to ensure that fire codes are met on all judicial levels. They test and inspect fire protection and extinguishing equipment to make sure that they are all in working order.

What Fire Inspectors and Investigators Do

  • Test fire alarms, sprinklers, and other fire protection and extinguishing equipment
  • Inspect equipment such as gasoline storage tanks and air compressors
  • Reconstruct the scene of a fire or arson
  • Confer with other specialists, such as chemists, engineers, and attorneys, to analyze information
  • Send evidence to laboratories to be tested for fingerprints or an accelerant

Work Environment

Fire inspectors and investigators work both in offices and in the field. In the field, inspectors examine public buildings and multi-family residential buildings. Investigators survey the scene where a fire has occurred.
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Job Outlook

Employment of fire inspectors and investigators is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020 as it should grow as the population grows.
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The average salary of fire inspectors and investigators was $52,230 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Most fire inspectors and investigators jobs require a high school diploma. However, some employers prefer candidates with a 2- or 4-year degree in related disciplines, such as fire science, engineering, or chemistry.
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