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Career and Education Opportunities for Forest Firefighters in Colorado

Colorado has a population of 5,024,748, which has grown by 16.82% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Centennial State," Colorado's capital and biggest city is Denver.

There are currently 4,300 working forest firefighters in Colorado; this should grow by 21% to 5,190 working forest firefighters in the state by 2016. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for forest firefighters are expected to grow by about 18.5%. Forest firefighters generally control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

The income of a forest firefighter is about $24 per hour or $49,960 yearly on average in Colorado. In the U.S. as a whole, their income is about $21 hourly or $44,260 annually on average. Forest firefighters earn less than people working in the category of Fire Control generally in Colorado and less than people in the Fire Control category nationally. Forest firefighters work in a variety of jobs, including: smoke jumper, forest ranger technician, and ranger.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,285,413 jobs in Colorado. The average annual income was $43,021 in 2008, up from $42,449 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Colorado was 7.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 32.7% of Colorado residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Colorado include professional equipment merchant wholesalers, computer peripheral equipment merchant wholesalers, and repair. Notable tourist destinations include the Aviation & Space Center of the Rockies, the Denver City & County Government, and the Fine and Dandy Gourmet Baskets & Gifts.

CITIES WITH Forest Firefighter OPPORTUNITIES IN Colorado


JOB DESCRIPTION: Forest Firefighter

Forest Firefighter video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, forest firefighters control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Every day, forest firefighters are expected to be able to lift, push and move large and heavy objects. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Colorado include:

  • Fire Code Inspector. Inspect buildings and equipment to detect fire hazards and enforce state and local regulations.
  • Fire Fighter. Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.
  • Fire Inspector. Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
  • Forest Fire Lookout. Enforce fire regulations and inspect for forest fire hazards. Report forest fires and weather conditions.
  • Lifeguard. Monitor recreational areas, such as pools, beaches, or ski slopes to provide assistance and protection to participants.
  • Security Guard. Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Colorado

Colorado
Colorado photo by Wayne L. Bart

Colorado has a population of 5,024,748, which has grown by 16.82% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Centennial State," Colorado's capital and most populous city is Denver. In 2008, there were a total of 3,285,413 jobs in Colorado. The average annual income was $43,021 in 2008, up from $42,449 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Colorado was 7.7% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 32.7% of Colorado residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Colorado include professional equipment merchant wholesalers, computer peripheral equipment merchant wholesalers, and repair. Notable tourist destinations include the Fine and Dandy Gourmet Baskets & Gifts, the Denver City & County Government, and the Friends of Historic FT Logan.