Idolized by children and respected by communities, firefighters appear to have it good. They are first responders to emergency calls to put on fires, save homes, and save lives. There’s a certain amount of pride and prestige that comes with a duty like that, with no shortage of adrenaline. Our neighborhood heroes, who are not in “all volunteer” units, made an average of $48,030 in 2016. Not a bad wage, but also consider the odd hours they’re asked to clock. Firefighters work 24-hour shifts or a certain number of days on, followed by a certain number off. They’re expected to perform well under pressure and run toward disaster when everyone else is running away. Despite the unconventional workdays and dangerous job duties, the occupation expects to see a 5% increase by 2024. While we never hope to need their services, we are eternally grateful for those willing to risk their lives to save others!