This occupation has a low probability of automation.

17.0% probability

of automation

7.2% growth

projected to 2026

327,300 employed

currently in the US

$50,520 annual wage

US, median ($24.29 hourly)

What they do

Control and extinguish fires or respond to emergency situations where life, property, or the environment is at risk. Duties may include fire prevention, emergency medical service, hazardous material response, search and rescue, and disaster assistance.

Risk of automation

This occupation is 17.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 197 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 327,300 people have this job. They earn $50,520 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $16,535,196,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $24.29.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 7.2% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 351,000 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).