6.9/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $24.37 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 0.0% (Totally Safe)

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Qualities required for this occupation:
Assisting and Caring for Others
Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions
Manual Dexterity
Social Perceptiveness
Finger Dexterity
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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Firefighters' job openings is expected to rise 4.3% by 2031
'Firefighters' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Firefighters' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Firefighters' was $50,700, or $24.37 hourly
'Firefighters' are paid 10.8% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as firefighters?

As of 2021 there were 317,310 people employed as Firefighters within the United States.
This represents around 0.23% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 444 people are employed as Firefighters.

Job description

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

SOC Code: 33-2011.00


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Josef (Likely) says
Couldn't we make machines to hose down fires automatically? It doesn't seem that unlikely
Apr 09, 2021 at 10:50 AM
Oscar says
a firefighter not only fight the fire ... try to learn a robot traffic rescue. More robots helping the firefighters? ... yes, but no way to replace.
Mar 08, 2021 at 11:21 AM
Drake (No chance) says
It's 2020 and if we haven't been automated yet what makes you think we ever will?
Dec 03, 2020 at 11:05 PM
Kyle (Highly likely) says
Improvements in automatic sprinklers and fire suppression systems will replace the need for the fire fighting aspect of the job.
Mar 26, 2020 at 07:50 PM
yeah says
yeah so lets get rid of firefighters altogether, nothing can go wrong can it?
Oct 30, 2020 at 12:14 AM
Firefighter manager says
Wake up and smell the coffee technology is already impacting on the job ever heard of Boston Robotics
Mar 09, 2020 at 06:44 PM
Jack says
I image humans being fire fighters forever, because the robots may be on fire...
Mar 08, 2020 at 10:26 AM
Kevin (Highly likely) says
I think that AI should take over this job, because it is dangerous.
Jan 31, 2020 at 11:03 PM
Nguyen (No chance) says
There's not way a robot can preform the Heimlich manoeuvre on someone
Jan 28, 2020 at 04:22 AM
An Actual Firefighter says
If you think this will happen you’re f**king stupid.
Oct 18, 2019 at 12:32 AM
Em (No chance) says
You can't send a robot into a flaming building and expect it to adapt to its surroundings.
Oct 03, 2019 at 03:37 PM
Alvaro says
I can´t disagree more with this. Robots can be fireproof and humans are very affected by fire.
May 09, 2019 at 12:01 PM
Alvarado says
Problem I see with automation, still would be fun to attempt. Is that every building is different and the environment is changing, would also need to be able to feel and hear materials and their strengths. A lot of little details to automate, so extremely difficult. In terms of robots being physically more capable I'd say of course, but at same time likely heavier so would not work as well in a weaken building. But most likely I can see them being most useful being piloted remotely by firemen, and generally mostly when the environment is already rated as unpassable, so at the point where no firemen would enter the building anymore due to safety concerns. But in a potentially weakened building but safe enough to enter building, I could see humans having an advantage due to our lighter bodies.
Dec 18, 2019 at 02:37 AM

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