Graduates work primarily in the fire service, but there are also employment opportunities in private fire protection, safety and stop-loss, insurance agencies, inspection and investigation.
Firefighters have a wide range of responsibilities, including fire suppression, administration, inspections, supervision, fire prevention, hazardous materials responses, and emergency medical services.
A large portion of the firefighter’s calls involve medical emergencies. Many fire departments require certification as an EMT and FFI prior to employment.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual earnings of firefighters is $32,000, with some earning as much as $51,000 per year.
Employment opportunities are found at state and local governments, fire departments, airports, and private industry.