Job opportunities are available in small or large municipal fire departments, fire protection districts or industrial fire departments. Depending on your level of continued education, career paths include:
Firefighters work in a variety of settings, including:
Prospective firefighters face keen competition for available job openings. Best opportunities are for those who are physically fit and score the highest on physical conditioning and mechanical aptitude exams. Those who have completed some firefighter education at a community college and have EMT certification have an advantage in the job search.