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Career and Education Opportunities for Forest Firefighters in Maine

Maine has a population of 1,318,301, which has grown by 3.40% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Pine Tree State," its capital is Augusta, though its largest city is Portland.

There are currently 1,340 jobs for forest firefighters in Maine and this is projected to grow by 11% to about 1,490 jobs 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%. Forest firefighters generally control and suppress fires in forests or vacant public land.

Forest firefighters earn about $16 per hour or $33,620 yearly on average in Maine and about $21 per hour or $44,260 yearly on average nationally. Incomes for forest firefighters are not quite as good as in the overall category of Fire Control in Maine, and not quite as good as the overall Fire Control category nationally. Jobs in this field include: smoke chaser, wildland firefighter, and firefighter.

In 2008, there were a total of 840,874 jobs in Maine. The average annual income was $36,368 in 2008, up from $35,028 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Maine was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Roughly 22.9% of Maine residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Maine include paper manufacturing, pulp, paper, and paperboard mills, and direct selling establishments. Notable tourist attractions include the Maine Historical Society Museum, the Greater Portland Landmarks Inc, and the Irish Heritage Center.

CITIES WITH Forest Firefighter OPPORTUNITIES IN Maine


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 Maine 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.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Maine

Maine
Maine photo by Fundamentaldan

Maine has a population of 1,318,301, which has grown by 3.40% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Pine Tree State," its capital is Augusta, though its biggest city is Portland. In 2008, there were a total of 840,874 jobs in Maine. The average annual income was $36,368 in 2008, up from $35,028 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Maine was 8.0% in 2009, which has grown by 2.7% since the previous year. Approximately 22.9% of Maine residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Maine include paper manufacturing, pulp, paper, and paperboard mills, and direct selling establishments. Notable tourist attractions include the Maine Womens Chistian Temperance Union, the Tate House Museum, and the Portland Harbor Museum.