If you are a very caring, compassionate person, focused solely on helping others around you achieve more, stay safe, and make the most of themselves, you have a few options when it comes to your career choices.
As you have likely found out already, not many of them pay well, but they do offer a rare chance to do some very serious work that has a high possibility of making a huge difference in a person’s life. If your goals are to help others without regard to your salary (meaning, you’re just happy to make enough to live your life without too many frills), you can certainly consider becoming a firefighter. There are other options, though so before you jump in, we should discuss those.
Two Best Options For You
So you’re wondering if you should become a firefighter, but you’ve got a concern that it may not be totally right for you. That’s interesting, and you should really take a moment to think things over, weigh the pros and cons, and think about yourself deeply to find the right answer.
1. Home Health Aide
Not all that different, actually, from a firefighter in some ways. Obviously the primary function is very different, but the helpful, sometimes background role that each takes on is similar. Not only that, but each acts as a care taker. The HHA for the elderly and the sick and the immobile, and the firefighter for society, for the people in the burning building, for the child stuck in a tree.
Don’t think that you won’t have to work hard or get away from physical work, either. You might be surprised to know that taking care of someone’s house, chores, and personal things is quite taxing. You may have to help lower your client into and lift your client out of the tub. You’ll have to get them changed in some cases. You will likely be carrying groceries and cleaning all the hard to reach places of the house. This can be taxing, and in fact back problems are common, so you must be in excellent shape!
This is a very selfless career choice, as you will be devoting your days and sometimes nights to looking after someone who otherwise would be forced to live in an uncomfortable, expensive, and impersonal hospital or senior’s home. You might even become an important companion for this person and will help them live with dignity. If this sounds like the right fit, you can search the web for training in your state.
Yes, we think you can still be a firefighter.
Great compassion and care is an excellent driver and motivator for people who choose to take this career path. As long as you have the other qualifications such as fitness (bravery goes a long way, too!), you will be just fine.
Not everyone would voluntarily go into a dangerous burning building to save others without a second thought about his own well-being. In some cases you will literally be saving a life that would otherwise have perished in a fire. You will be doing a lot of good around the community when you are not putting out fires.
Your time to decide
So many things about being a firefighter are about compassion and the desire to help your community and fellow man. It comes down to what you want as a person, what you are best suited to, and where you can find a job, so we encourage you to look at both of our recommended lines of work and make the decision you feel is right.