City of Terrell
GardaWorld Security Services U.S.
Blue Springs, MS
OFallon Fire Protection District
CITY OF WATSONVILLE
City of Midwest City
$46697 / Per year
Oklahoma City, OK
PatRick Environmental, Inc.
City of South Pasadena
Saint Petersburg, FL
Capital Region Airport Commission
Securitas Critical Infrastructure Service
$23 / Per hour
Firefighter Jobs Overview
If you're thinking about a career fighting fires and saving businesses, homes, people, and pets, are you ready to become a plumber, electrician, mechanic, psychologist, and EMT, too? Firefighters can be called on to do all those things when they respond to fires, floods, and other disasters. In fact, according to the National Fire Protection Association, of all the fire department calls in the U.S., less than 4% of them are actually for fire. Responding to medical emergencies, false alarms, mutual aid, and hazardous materials are all part of firefighter jobs.
A firefighter's schedule is not a standard 9 to 5. Firefighters usually work on call at a fire station for 24 hours straight, followed by 48 to 72 hours off duty. While on duty, you'll eat and sleep at the fire station and respond to calls for fires, medical emergencies, car accidents, and more. Between calls, you'll clean the fire station and vehicles, participate in fitness training, conduct drills, and write reports about that day's calls.
Firefighter jobs fall under the umbrella of protective services jobs, so you might want to start your job search on Monster there. You can also drill down and do a more targeted search for:
Firefighter Training and Skills
To begin your career as a firefighter, you need to be 18 years old with a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid driver's license. The next step is training in emergency medical services and attending a fire academy. There you'll learn firefighting and fire prevention, local building codes, and emergency medical procedures. After training, you'll need to pass physical and written tests. Some areas require firefighters to get certified and take continuing education classes every so often to maintain that certification.
Besides the technical skills of the job, firefighters must be able to handle pressure and deal with uncertainty. They need to be dependable, objective, and have emotional control and integrity. This sample job description will fill you in on more specific parts of a firefighter job.
Update Your Firefighter Resume
You'll need a resume that details your training and experience to apply for firefighter jobs. If you need to create your first resume or brush up the one you have, we've got a firefighter resume sample that includes the key components of a firefighter resume. We've also put together a firefighter cover letter to send with that resume. Use these samples as templates and follow our step-by-step guidelines to create the perfect application package.
Interviewing for a Firefighter Job
If your local fire department conducted your training, you might already know the people who will interview you. If so, that breaks the ice. But interviews can still be intimidating. We've put together some of the most common interview questions so you can walk in with some well-thought-out answers. Also, take a moment to read our interview tips to help you make the best impression during your interview.
How Much Do Firefighting Jobs Pay?
Although many firefighters are volunteers, in larger cities where firefighters are paid, the median pay for a career firefighter is $43,761 a year. Check out Monster's Salary Tools to find out what you can expect to make as a career firefighter in different parts of the country. You'll also discover skills you can work on to increase your value and what the next steps in your career might be.
Get Monster Involved in Your Firefighting Career
Are you ready to be a career firefighter? You're on a great page to start looking. Start by clicking the job listings for firefighter jobs here. If you'd like to make it easy for recruiters to find you, create a profile on Monster. We'll also send you job alerts and job-hunting tips straight to your email.