Fire Inspectors and Investigators

risk level
Based on 21 votes
by 2031
or $33.39 hourly
as of 2022

Automation risk

4% (Minimal Risk)

Minimal Risk (0-20%): Occupations in this category have a low probability of being automated, as they typically demand complex problem-solving, creativity, strong interpersonal skills, and a high degree of manual dexterity. These jobs often involve intricate hand movements and precise coordination, making it difficult for machines to replicate the required tasks.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Social Perceptiveness

  • Persuasion

  • Originality

User poll

32% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that there is a small chance this occupation will be replaced. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 4% chance of automation.

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Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Fire Inspectors and Investigators' job openings is expected to rise 3.1% by 2031

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Fire Inspectors and Investigators' was $69,450, or $33.39 per hour

'Fire Inspectors and Investigators' were paid 50.0% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 14,510 people employed as Fire Inspectors and Investigators within the United States.

This represents around 0.010% of the employed workforce across the country.

Put another way, around 1 in 10 thousand people are employed as Fire Inspectors and Investigators.

Job description

Inspect buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and state laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions.

SOC Code: 33-2021.00


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hihihihi (Small chance) says
Some of tools used to determine a fire or inspect buildings my make it easier for an operator to determine outcomes. Arson investigators and fire marshalls are still needed for critical thinking and interacting with customers or victims along with law enforcement. Would be really hard to see public service jobs to be automated especially since every situation is different.
Aug 06, 2020 at 08:33 PM

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