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Fire Service Jobs Overview

When it comes to making a career change, fire service jobs certainly merit consideration. An exciting and fast-paced field regardless of the role, the fire service career path is an ideal choice for those who truly want to test their mettle in a position where ensuring the safety of the wider community is the top priority.

Fire Service Jobs Education Requirements

As with any other field, requisite educational qualifications vary depending on the position. Anyone hoping to get a firefighter job, for instance, will find that most employers expect secondary education. Other roles may ask for more advanced qualifications; in order to work in a fire risk assessor job specialised assessment and/or teaching qualifications are often required, to name only one example.

Fire Service Jobs Market

According to the National Careers Service, in 2015 there were approximately 352,000 people employed in the broader security sector, with a 65/35 split between male and female workers. Although the number of applicants for any given position (as with most other fields) is typically quite high, unqualified applicants are quickly whittled out and as such the level of "true competition" is less daunting. Jobs are overwhelmingly (80%+) full-time positions, 17% part-time and 3% self-employed rounding out the field.

Fire Service Jobs Salary Information

The National Careers Service dictates that salaries within the security industry tend to be on average £10,000 higher than the median national income. Firefighters working full-time roles can expect starting salaries of around £21,000, whilst roles higher up the ladder (as a shift manager, for example) can often command salaries of £30,000 and upwards; fire service jobs offer a high potential for salary increases as you progress through the ranks.

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