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Fire and Emergency Workers

ANZSCO ID 4412

Overview

All Fire and Emergency Workers

  • $2,066 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 14,700 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

Fire and Emergency Workers attend emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security and protect life and property.

You can work as a Fire or Emergency Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as fire technology or public safety.

Tasks
  • attending the scene of fires and other emergencies reported to authorities
  • rescuing and evacuating people stranded or trapped in dangerous situations
  • operating pumps, spraying water, foam and chemicals from hoses, portable extinguishers and other appliances to extinguish fires and to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances
  • cutting openings in buildings and crashed vehicles to free occupants
  • maintaining site security systems
  • administering first aid
  • attending and participating in training activities, rescue classes, drills, demonstrations and courses in emergency and fire-fighting techniques
  • training recruits in emergency procedures and practices
  • visiting buildings and potential fire hazards to study access points and locations of hydrants
  • maintaining tools and equipment

Prospects

Pathways

You can work as a Fire or Emergency Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as fire technology or public safety.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Public Safety VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Fire and Emergency Workers who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate clearly and have strong attention to detail.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    79% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public safety and security

    67% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Mechanical

    64% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Education and training

    59% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Building and construction

    52% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  6. English language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Law and government

    47% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  8. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Physics

    45% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  11. Psychology

    45% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  12. Geography

    44% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  13. Transportation

    44% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  14. Therapy and counselling

    40% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  15. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  16. Medicine and dentistry

    38% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  17. Clerical

    38% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  18. Telecommunications

    37% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  19. Communications and media

    32% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Personnel and human resources

    32% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  5. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Serving others

    48% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  11. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  15. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  16. Negotiation

    43% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  20. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Reaction time

    61% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  2. Dynamic strength

    61% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  3. Static strength

    61% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Multilimb coordination

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  6. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Depth perception

    55% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  8. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    54% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Manual dexterity

    54% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  11. Extent flexibility

    54% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  12. Response orientation

    52% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  13. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Auditory attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  16. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Rate control

    50% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  19. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Stamina

    50% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    85% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Doing physically active work

    84% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    78% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Controlling equipment or machines

    73% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  6. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Driving vehicles or equipment

    69% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    68% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  9. Communicating with the public

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    68% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  11. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  13. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Working with the public

    66% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  15. Working with mechanical equipment

    63% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Coaching and developing others

    58% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  19. Training and teaching others

    56% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    90% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    87% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  3. Physically close to people

    86% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    84% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    84% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  6. Contact with people

    83% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  9. Health and safety of others

    82% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  10. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  11. Telephone

    81% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Indoors, not heat controlled

    79% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  14. Dangerous equipment

    78% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  15. Dangerous conditions

    76% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  16. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  17. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  18. Impact of decisions

    76% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    75% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Consequence of error

    75% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    76% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Helping

    76% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Enterprising

    52% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Administrative

    19% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-2011.01 - Municipal Firefighters.

All Fire and Emergency Workers

  • $2,066 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 14,700 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 93% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 48 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

Fire and Emergency Workers attend emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security and protect life and property.

You can work as a Fire or Emergency Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as fire technology or public safety.

Tasks
  • attending the scene of fires and other emergencies reported to authorities
  • rescuing and evacuating people stranded or trapped in dangerous situations
  • operating pumps, spraying water, foam and chemicals from hoses, portable extinguishers and other appliances to extinguish fires and to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances
  • cutting openings in buildings and crashed vehicles to free occupants
  • maintaining site security systems
  • administering first aid
  • attending and participating in training activities, rescue classes, drills, demonstrations and courses in emergency and fire-fighting techniques
  • training recruits in emergency procedures and practices
  • visiting buildings and potential fire hazards to study access points and locations of hydrants
  • maintaining tools and equipment

You can work as a Fire or Emergency Worker without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Some workers have Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications in areas such as fire technology or public safety.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Public Safety VET training pathways.

Employers look for Fire and Emergency Workers who have strong interpersonal skills, can communicate clearly and have strong attention to detail.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    79% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Public safety and security

    67% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Mechanical

    64% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Education and training

    59% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Building and construction

    52% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  6. English language

    47% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  7. Law and government

    47% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  8. Administration and management

    46% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  9. Chemistry

    46% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  10. Physics

    45% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  11. Psychology

    45% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  12. Geography

    44% Skill level

    Describing land, sea, and air, including their physical characteristics, locations, how they work together, and the location of plant, animal, and human life.

  13. Transportation

    44% Skill level

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

  14. Therapy and counselling

    40% Skill level

    Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.

  15. Mathematics

    39% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  16. Medicine and dentistry

    38% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  17. Clerical

    38% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  18. Telecommunications

    37% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  19. Communications and media

    32% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  20. Personnel and human resources

    32% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Monitoring

    54% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  2. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  3. Critical thinking

    50% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Judgment and decision making

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  5. Reading comprehension

    50% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  6. Active listening

    48% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  7. Serving others

    48% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  8. Social perceptiveness

    48% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  9. Speaking

    48% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  10. Operation monitoring

    46% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  11. Instructing

    45% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Operation and control

    45% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  13. Complex problem solving

    45% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  14. Learning strategies

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  15. Active learning

    43% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  16. Negotiation

    43% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Equipment maintenance

    41% Skill level

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  20. Troubleshooting

    41% Skill level

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Reaction time

    61% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand, finger, or foot when a sound, light, picture or something else appears.

  2. Dynamic strength

    61% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without your muscles getting tired.

  3. Static strength

    61% Skill level

    Lift, push, pull, or carry things.

  4. Oral comprehension

    57% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  5. Multilimb coordination

    55% Skill level

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  6. Problem spotting

    55% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  7. Depth perception

    55% Skill level

    Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.

  8. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  9. Arm-hand steadiness

    54% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  10. Manual dexterity

    54% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  11. Extent flexibility

    54% Skill level

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  12. Response orientation

    52% Skill level

    Quickly choose the right movement of the hand, foot, or other body part when there are two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures).

  13. Deductive reasoning

    52% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Near vision

    52% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Auditory attention

    50% Skill level

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  16. Control precision

    50% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  17. Flexibility of closure

    50% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  18. Rate control

    50% Skill level

    Change when and how fast you move based on how something else is moving.

  19. Speech recognition

    50% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  20. Stamina

    50% Skill level

    Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Helping and caring for others

    85% Skill level

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  2. Doing physically active work

    84% Skill level

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  3. Handling and moving objects

    83% Skill level

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  4. Monitoring people, processes and things

    78% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  5. Controlling equipment or machines

    73% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  6. Building good relationships

    70% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  7. Driving vehicles or equipment

    69% Skill level

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  8. Checking for errors or defects

    68% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  9. Communicating with the public

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    68% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  11. Looking for changes over time

    68% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  12. Making decisions and solving problems

    68% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  13. Communicating within a team

    67% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  14. Working with the public

    66% Skill level

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  15. Working with mechanical equipment

    63% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  16. Documenting or recording information

    63% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  17. Researching and investigating

    58% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  18. Coaching and developing others

    58% Skill level

    Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.

  19. Training and teaching others

    56% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  20. Checking compliance with standards

    55% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-2011.01 - Municipal Firefighters.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    90% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  2. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    87% Important

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  3. Physically close to people

    86% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    84% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Outdoors, exposed to weather

    84% Important

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  6. Contact with people

    83% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Teamwork

    83% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  8. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    82% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  9. Health and safety of others

    82% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  10. Contact with the public

    81% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  11. Telephone

    81% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  12. Freedom to make decisions

    80% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  13. Indoors, not heat controlled

    79% Important

    Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).

  14. Dangerous equipment

    78% Important

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

  15. Dangerous conditions

    76% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  16. Unstructured work

    76% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  17. Very hot or cold temperatures

    76% Important

    Work in very hot or cold temperatures.

  18. Impact of decisions

    76% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  19. Lead or coordinate a team

    75% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  20. Consequence of error

    75% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    86% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    76% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Achievement

    71% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  4. Independence

    67% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  5. Recognition

    67% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  6. Working conditions

    62% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Practical

    100% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  2. Helping

    76% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  3. Enterprising

    52% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  4. Analytical

    33% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  5. Administrative

    19% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  6. Creative

    19% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-2011.01 - Municipal Firefighters.
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