|Quick Facts: Fire Inspectors and Investigators|
|2010 Median Pay||
$52,230 per year
$25.11 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||More than 5 years|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||13,600|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||9% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||1,200|
Fire inspectors visit and inspect buildings and other structures, such as sports arenas and shopping malls, to search for fire hazards and to ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met. They also test and inspect fire protection and fire extinguishing equipment to ensure that it works. Fire investigators determine the origin and cause of fires by searching the surrounding scene and collecting evidence.
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.
Most fire inspectors and investigators have a high school diploma and experience working in either a fire or police department. They attend training academies and receive on-the-job training in inspection or investigation.
The median annual wage of fire inspectors and investigators was $52,230 in May 2010.
Employment of fire inspectors and investigators is expected to grow 9 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. As cities and other areas grow, there are more buildings to inspect and more fires to investigate. Employment of fire inspectors and investigators should grow as the population does.
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