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Forest Fire Prevention Specialists


The career of forest fire inspector and prevention specialist ranks among the top 20 fastest-growing careers in the United States from 2018 to 2028. Job opportunities are expected to increase by 24 percent during this time span, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In 2018, 58,083 wildfires destroyed 8,767,492 acres in the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. This is a significant increase from the 67,743 wildfires and 5,509,995 acres destroyed in 2016. The U.S. Forest Service says that “longer fire seasons; bigger fires and more acres burned on average each year; more extreme fire behavior; and wildfire suppression operations in the wildland urban interface have become the norm.”

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