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Occupational Report for Fire Inspectors and Investigators (33-2021) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Inspect buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and State laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions.

Employment Outlook for Fire Inspectors and Investigators
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was somewhat smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be somewhat lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Limited employment opportunities exist for trained workers, mostly from the need to fill replacement openings.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Fire Inspectors and Investigators There are 3 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 3 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Fire and Life Systems Safety Inspector II 10/21/14 Lake Oswego Neg.
Fire Alarm Inspector (Portland Metro Area) 10/16/14 Oregon City $10.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Fire Alarm Inspector 9/2/14 Springfield $10.00/hr to $15.00/hr DOE
Job Openings from the Web for Fire Inspectors and Investigators The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 2 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 2 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Fire Alarm Inspector (Portland Metro Area) 10/16/14 Oregon City
Fire Alarm Inspector 9/2/14 Springfield
State of Oregon License Information for Fire Inspectors and Investigators No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Fire Inspectors and Investigators
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $26.70 $32.72 $39.39 $43.86 $46.61 $37.93 $78,883
Multnomah / Washington 33.29 38.16 41.50 44.83 47.81 40.45 84,135
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 27.10 31.55 37.80 42.13 45.02 36.62 76,161
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 23.74 24.98 27.03 30.01 37.79 28.42 59,102
Jackson / Josephine 31.27 35.64 38.85 44.45 51.83 39.92 83,046
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Fire Inspectors and Investigators
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 141 154 13 9.2% 1 4 5
Multnomah / Washington 37 40 3 8.1% 0 1 1
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 20 21 1 5.0% 0 1 1
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 15 16 1 6.7% 0 0 0
Clackamas 12 13 1 8.3% 0 0 0
Morrow / Umatilla 9 10 1 11.1% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 7 7 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 4 4 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Lane 3 4 1 33.3% 0 0 0
Douglas 3 3 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Baker / Union / Wallowa 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Grant / Harney / Malheur 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Fire Inspectors and Investigators
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 141
Total All Industries State 16
State Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals State 15
Total All Industries Local 123
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals Local 122
Educational Requirements for Fire Inspectors and Investigators The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award. Five years or more of related related work experience is commonly considered necessary for this occupation. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Fire Inspectors and Investigators
  • Administer Fire Regulations
  • Analyze Evidence
  • Apply Fire Investigation Techniques
  • Apply Fire Suppression Techniques
  • Apply Knowledge Of Fire Codes
  • Apply Knowledge Of Ventilation Systems
  • Apply Knowledge Of Water Systems
  • Conduct Fire Hazard Inspections
  • Conduct Investigations And Research
  • Enforce Laws, Ordinances And Regulations
  • Follow Hazardous Materials Specifications
  • Gather Physical Evidence
  • Impose Restrictions
  • Inspect Structures To Ensure They Meet Safety Regulations
  • Make Presentations
  • Maneuver Heavy Objects
  • Operate And Maintain Inspection Tools And Equipment
  • Operate Two-Way Radio
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Promote Fire Prevention
  • Provide First Aid
  • Read Maps
  • Recognize Public Safety Hazards
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use And Maintain Fire Suppression Equipment
  • Verify Investigative Information
  • Work As A Team Member
  • Write Technical Documents Or Reports
Schools and Training Providers for Fire Inspectors and Investigators The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Rogue Community College
3345 Redwood Hwy
Grants Pass, OR 97527-9291
Phone: (541) 956-7501
Programs of Training:
Clatsop Community College
1653 Jerome Ave
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-0910
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way
Bend, OR 97701
Phone: (541) 383-7500
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Portland Community College
12000 SW 49th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219-7132
Phone: (503) 244-6111
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Fire Inspectors and Investigators These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Clackamas Community College
Clatsop Community College
Rogue Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Fire Inspectors and Investigators matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Forest Fire Inspectors And Prevention Specialists 58%
First-Line Supervisors Of Fire Fighting And Prevention Workers 39%
Firefighters 38%