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Career and Education Opportunities for Forest Firefighters in Hawaii

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and biggest city is Honolulu.

There are currently 1,970 working forest firefighters in Hawaii; this should grow by 7% to about 2,100 working forest firefighters in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for forest firefighters are expected to grow by about 18.5%. In general, forest firefighters control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

A person working as a forest firefighter can expect to earn about $23 hourly or $48,430 per year on average in Hawaii and about $21 hourly or $44,260 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for forest firefighters are not quite as good as earnings in the general category of Fire Control in Hawaii and not quite as good as general Fire Control category earnings nationally. Forest firefighters work in a variety of jobs, including: forestry crew chief, handcrew foreman, and smoke eater.

In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist destinations include the Hawaii Children's Museum, the Academy of Arts Honolulu, and the Daughters of Hawaii.

CITIES WITH Forest Firefighter OPPORTUNITIES IN Hawaii


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 Hawaii 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.
  • Security Guard. Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Hawaii

Hawaii
Hawaii photo by Christopher P. Becker

Hawaii has a population of 1,295,178, which has grown by 6.90% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Aloha State," Hawaii's capital and biggest city is Honolulu. In 2008, there were a total of 873,749 jobs in Hawaii. The average annual income was $42,078 in 2008, up from $40,924 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Hawaii was 6.8% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 26.2% of Hawaii residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Hawaii include hotels, clothing accessories stores, and full-service restaurants. Notable tourist attractions include the Iolani Palace, the Academy of Arts Honolulu, and the The Contemporary Museum.