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Firefighting: Dangerous but Rewarding
Spencer Rackley
Eng 111-Sec 43H
Ivy Tech Community College

Becoming interested in a career sounds easy, but in reality it is an extremely hard task to find the right career path. A career in firefighting jumped out at me when I realized I wanted to requirements from my job. First would be that I would not work in an office. The second is that my profession would make a difference in people’s lives.

After bouncing many options in my head, I made a decision to work towards a firefighting career. Although it is almost certain I will get injured multiple times in this field, I feel it fits me and that I would be good at it. Throughout my life I hope to get a feeling of satisfaction and worth from helping people through their crises.

Many things excite me about this career. For one, I like to be a hands on person, and fighting fires is definitely hands on. Helping people and making them feel better and comforted is a high priority for my life, and that is a result of what I will be doing in my job. Job Description

Defining the job of a firefighter is tough because they do almost anything. It is a tough job to do and even tougher to even get a job as a firefighter. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2006) the outlook for firefighters is in tough competition. There are many more applicants than open positions mainly due to the fact that only and high education is required. Those who are the most physically fit and do the best on the written portion will succeed in being hired. Those with a Fire Science degree have even a better chance of getting a job. Although it takes two years of life and dedicated work, it is a good investment if it means a better chance at a paying career doing what is desirable.

Although finding a job in this field is difficult the salary is not a selling point to this career. The average salary across...
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