Part detective, part scientist, an arson investigator examines how a fire started and determines if malicious intent is involved. Professionals in this field find careers in the public sectors of federal, state, and local law enforcement. They can also be hired by attorneys and insurance companies involved with legal cases.
Skills and Duties
- Collect and analyze evidence from scenes of fires and explosions
- Reconstruct fire or explosion scenes for additional examination
- Keep detailed and protect evidence for use in a court of law
- Testify in civil and criminal legal proceedings
As of May 2016, average medium salary for fire inspectors and investigators was $58,440*
By 2024, employment of fire inspectors and investigators is expected to grow 6%*
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Fire Inspectors,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/fire-inspectors-and-investigators.htm (visited August 09, 2017).