Fire Inspectors

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Fire inspectors conduct examinations to enforce fire-prevention laws, ordinances, and codes; promote the development and use of effective fire-prevention methods; and provide instruction to the fire department and the general public regarding fire codes and prevention. They are employed by local fire departments and private companies, including factories, sawmills, chemical plants, and universities. Approximately 11,370 fire inspectors and investigators are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Forest Fire Inspector and Prevention Specialists
Duties Conduct examinations to enforce fire-prevention laws, ordinances, and codes; assess fire hazards in buildings as well as residential, public, and forest areas
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Prior experience as a fire fighter or police officer
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Must pass a background check, which may include a drug test
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Fire Marshal, or Fire Captain, or Plant Risk Manager
  • Fire Inspector
  • Firefighter or Fire Safety Technician