Commissioned Fire Officers

ANZSCO ID 139112

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
1,400
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
97%
Female Share
7%
Average age
50

Summary

Commissioned Fire Officers provide high level management to support the running of geographical or operational sections of a fire service.

Specialisations: Fire Investigator, Inspector (Fire Services).

Commissioned Fire Officers gain their position after extensive experience as a fire fighter and progressing through the ranks of their profession.

Tasks

  • Establishes administrative and operational procedures by taking account of the organisation's operating environment.

  • Makes policy decisions and accepts responsibility for operations, performance of staff, achievement of targets and adherence to budgets, standards and procedures.

  • Establishes lines of control and delegates responsibilities to subordinate staff.

  • Represents the organisation in dealings with other organisations and the public.

  • Controls the collection and interpretation of management information to monitor performance.

  • Controls the use of, and accounting for, the assets and facilities of the organisation.

  • Prepares budgets and other management plans.

  • Prepares reports, authorises the release of information and handles public relations activities.

Characteristics

Job Type
Managers
Skill Level
Very high skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Enterprising
  • Helping
Physical Demand
  • Light
  • Medium

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Commissioned Officers (Management), under the outlook section.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 97% of people employed as Commissioned Fire Officers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 31 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 47 hours per week in their main job. This is 3 hours more than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.


Industries

Main industries

1
Public Administration and Safety
91.1%
2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing
5.6%
3
Construction
0.9%
4
Arts and Recreation Services
0.6%
5
Other industries
1.0%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

29.8% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

22.1% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

20.0% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

7.8% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

12.2% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

3.7% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

2.1% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

2.0% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Commissioned Fire Officers All Jobs Average
NSW 29.8 31.6
VIC 22.1 25.6
QLD 20.0 20.0
SA 7.8 7.0
WA 12.2 10.8
TAS 3.7 2.0
NT 2.1 1.0
ACT 2.0 1.9


  • Around 51% of Commissioned Fire Officers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
50
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
7%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Commissioned Fire Officers is 50 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.

    Females make up 7% of the workforce. This is 41 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Commissioned Fire Officers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 0.3 9.3
25-34 5.2 22.9
35-44 23.8 22.0
45-54 44.1 21.6
55-59 19.0 9.0
60-64 6.2 6.0
65 and Over 1.3 4.2
Median Age 50 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

Commissioned Fire Officers gain their position after extensive experience as a fire fighter and progressing through the ranks of their profession.

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Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Commissioned Fire Officers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 13.1 10.1
Bachelor degree 10.4 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 38.0 11.6
Certificate III/IV 29.9 21.1
Year 12 5.2 18.1
Year 11 1.5 4.8
Year 10 and below 1.9 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Commissioned Officers (Management) who can communicate clearly with a diverse range of people, provide leadership, direction and planning.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 63%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 61%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 59%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 57%

    Management of personnel resources

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  • 57%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 57%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 57%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 55%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 55%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 55%

    Social perceptiveness

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  • 55%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 54%

    Instructing

    Teaching people how to do something.

  • 54%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 54%

    Learning strategies

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  • 54%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.

  • 54%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 52%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 52%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 50%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 46%

    Negotiation

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 80%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 75%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 74%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 66%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 62%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 60%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 59%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 58%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 57%

    Psychology

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  • 54%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 53%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 53%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 52%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 50%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 50%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 50%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 49%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 45%

    Medicine and dentistry

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  • 44%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 42%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 61%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 61%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 61%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 59%

    Far vision

    See details that are far away.

  • 57%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 57%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  • 57%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 55%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 55%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 55%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 55%

    Written expression

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  • 54%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 54%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  • 52%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 52%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 52%

    Multitasking

    Do two or more things at the same time.

  • 50%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 50%

    Auditory attention

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  • 43%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 81%

    Helping and caring for others

    Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.

  • 78%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 76%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 75%

    Communicating with the public

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 75%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 75%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 74%

    Working with the public

    Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.

  • 73%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 73%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 73%

    Coordinating the work of a team

    Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.

  • 71%

    Guiding and directing staff

    Guiding and directing staff, including setting and monitoring performance standards.

  • 69%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 69%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 69%

    Training and teaching others

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  • 67%

    Coming up with systems and processes

    Deciding on goals and figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.

  • 67%

    Driving vehicles or equipment

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  • 63%

    Leading and encouraging a team

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

  • 62%

    Assessing and evaluating things

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  • 61%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 59%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 81%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 76%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  • 43%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 38%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 19%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 86%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 86%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  • 76%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 74%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 71%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 71%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 92%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 92%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

  • 91%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 90%

    Outdoors, exposed to weather

    Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

  • 89%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 89%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 87%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 87%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 87%

    Contact with the public

    Work with customers or the public.

  • 87%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 87%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 86%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 86%

    In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

    Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

  • 85%

    Consequence of error

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  • 84%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 84%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 82%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 80%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 77%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 77%

    Dangerous equipment

    Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 33-1021.01 - Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors.


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