Firefighters may be employed full time by city or industrial fire departments or part time in smaller centres.
Firefighters who have the necessary experience, seniority and abilities may specialize in areas such as hazardous materials or technical rescues. They also may become apparatus operators, fire officers, training officers, public safety educators, fire inspectors, investigators or chief officers.
In Alberta, 89% of people employed as firefighters work in the Public Administration (PDF) industry.
The employment outlook (PDF) in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Public Administraton industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions)
- size of the occupation.
Over 5,500 Albertans are employed in the Firefighters occupational group. This group is not expected to grow from 2016 to 2020.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.