Bomb Disposal Officer

Disarm bombs to keep people and places safe.

Quick Stats

Salary Range
$34,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Bomb Disposal Officers do?

Red wire, blue wire…which one is it? Though movies would have you thinking that Bomb Disposal Officers waltz right up to bombs and instantly disarm them with their nimble fingers, the reality is they usually disarm the bomb from far away. Bomb Disposal Officers work from a safe distance when possible because, after all, it’s a bomb they’re working with!

Before ever going near a bomb as a Bomb Disposal Officer, you must try to identify what it does and how it’s triggered. A bomb in the middle of a crowded shopping center requires much more urgent action than an explosive left in an empty field.

Once the area is evacuated and the squad is ready to move in, you try to identify the type of bomb. Bombs range from the standard explosive devices to chemical bombs. When you know what beast you’re dealing with, it’s easier to bring it down.

The real work starts when you disable the bomb. Robotic technology lets you navigate a remote-controlled device over to check out the bomb and disarm it when possible. In certain cases, you may need to go closer to investigate, but only after you feel confident that you can safely approach the device.

Once the bomb is disarmed, it’s taken to a lab for inspection while the area is cleaned of any hazardous materials left behind and reopened to the public. Though it’s a high-pressure job, it’s one that can save thousands of lives in a split second.

Should I be a Bomb Disposal Officer?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Bomb Squad Commander, Code Enforcement Officer, Code Official, District Ranger, Fire Control Officer See More

    How to become a Bomb Disposal Officer

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