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Description

Firefighters - 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.

O*NET code 33-2011.00

 
Wages

The national typical annual salary for this occupation is $45,600 per year. Nationally, the typical hourly wage for this occupation is $21.92.The state typical wage is $32,020. The typical wage in New Mexico is well below the national average. In New Mexico, the typical hourly wage is $15.39 and most workers in this occupation earn between $12.95 and $17.58 per hour based on the 25th and 75th percentile wage in the survey.

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New Mexico Local Wages for Firefighters
AreaEntry WageTypical WageExperienced Wage
National Annual$45,600
National Hourly$21.92
Statewide Annual$24,540$32,020$36,840
Statewide Hourly$11.80$15.39$17.71
+ Metro Areas
Albuquerque Annual$26,590$33,680$37,650
Hourly $12.78$16.19$18.10
Farmington Annual$27,340$31,700$35,930
Hourly $13.14$15.24$17.27
Las Cruces Annual$23,420$30,640$36,330
Hourly $11.26$14.73$17.47
Santa Fe Annual---
Hourly ---
+ Regions
Central Annual$26,594$33,674$37,648
Hourly $12.79$16.19$18.10
Eastern Annual$22,819$31,561$35,285
Hourly $10.97$15.17$16.96
Northern Annual$24,411$29,405$35,895
Hourly $11.74$14.14$17.26
Southwestern Annual$23,890$31,755$37,019
Hourly $11.49$15.27$17.80

A dash '-' indicates that information is not available for this occupation or area.
Metro Areas refer to Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Regions refer to Workforce Investment Areas.
For more detailed information about New Mexico wages visit the Occupational Employment Statistics program website. Information displayed represents annual 2013 wages.

 
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Job Growth

New Mexico

2012 to 2022

In 2012 there were about 1,590 workers in this occupation in New Mexico. The Department of Workforce Solutions estimates that by 2022 this number will increase by about 6 percent and an estmated 1,680 will be employed in this occupation. Compared to other occupations, employment growth in this occupation has little or no change. Job opportunities indicate few and keen competition, as there should be about 9 openings each year for workers in this occupation.

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New Mexico Local Needs for Firefighters
AreaEstimated
Employment
2012
Projected
Employment
2022
Annual
Percent
Change
Total
Annual
Average
Openings
New Mexico1,5901,6800.54%9
+ Metro Areas
Albuquerque6106400.48%3
Farmington1401500.76%1
Las Cruces----
Santa Fe----
+ Regions
Central6106400.48%3
Eastern----
Northern4805200.79%4
Southwestern----

A dash '-' indicates that information is not available for this occupation or area.
Metro Areas refer to Metropolitan Statistical Areas.
Regions refer to Workforce Investment Areas.

Employment estimates are rounded.

Source: NMDWS, Economic Research and Analysis Bureau.

 
Education

Municipal Firefighters usually need Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades).

Education LevelPercentage
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)31%
Some College Courses31%
High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)26%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession5%
Less than a High School Diploma4%
Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)2%

Information based on O*NET data and is the result of a national survey.

Use this list to find educational opportunities for this occupation. Contact the specific schools directly to find out application requirements and program availability.

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New Mexico Schools with programs for Firefighters

No New Mexico public based training programs found for this specific occupation. However, please consider reviewing the list of NM Educational Opportunities and contacting a New Mexico Institution of Higher Education to see if a program in the related Career Cluster is available.

This list is updated once a year and is compiled from the NM Department of Higher Education and other sources.

 
License

No New Mexico occupational license is required.

Other available certificates or credentials may also be desirable. Additional local licenses or permits may be required, and individual businesses may have specific employment requirements. Licensing information is collected through a variety of New Mexico-based resources and does NOT include federal licensing requirements.

Source: NMDWS, Economic Research and Analysis Bureau, bi-annual survey of NM license boards and commissions.

 
WorkKeys Skill Levels
Applied MathematicsApplied TechnologyListeningLocating InformationObservationReading for InformationTeamworkWriting
44445443

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Industires that Hire Firefighters in New Mexico.
IndustryPercent of Employed
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediat*
Administrative and Support Services*
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting0.5%
Federal Government, Excluding Post Office6.0%
Goods Producing0.5%
Government96.4%
Government96.4%
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals90.3%
Local Government, Excluding Education and Hospitals90.3%
Natural Resources and Mining0.5%
Professional and Business Services*
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services*
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services*
Services Providing99.3%
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry0.5%
Total All Industries100.0%
Total Federal Government Employment6.0%

* Data is confidential.

Source: NMDWS, Economic Research and Analysis Bureau Projections Unit

 
Common Titles
  • Apparatus Operator
  • Crash Crew
  • Driver Engineer
  • Engine Boss
  • Fire Alarm Operator
  • Fire Apparatus Engineer
  • Fire Captain
  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Chief's Aide
  • Fire Engineer
  • Fire Equipment Operator
  • Fire Fighter
  • Fire Fighter, Crash, Fire, and Rescue
  • Fire Hydrant Operator
  • Fire Medic
  • Fire Technician
  • Fireboat Operator
  • Firefighter
  • Firefighter/EMT (Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Fireman
  • Forest Firefighter
  • Forest Ranger
  • Forest Ranger Technician
  • Forestry Crew Chief
  • Forestry Technician (Fire)
  • Handcrew Foreman
  • Hot Shot
  • Ladder Operator
  • Ladderman
  • Marine Fire Fighter
  • Master Fire Fighter
  • Municipal Firefighter
  • Oil Fire Specialist
  • Plugman
  • Ranger
  • Rescue Worker
  • Safety Officer
  • Smoke Chaser
  • Smoke Eater
  • Smoke Jumper
  • Tail Board Man
  • Tail Board Worker
  • Tiller Man
  • Tiller Worker
  • Volunteer Fire Fighter
  • Wildland Fire Fighter Specialist
  • Wildland Firefighter

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