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Fire Protection Major

Fire protection is a major that typically falls into the Law Enforcement & Firefighting category.

There are 489 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in fire protection, 78 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 23 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 1 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Fire Protection Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 1,500 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fire protection in 2017. This major tends to be male dominated. About 91.3% of recent graduates are men.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of fire protection majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 1.3%
  • Black or African American: 4.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 9%
  • White: 74.2%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 3.6%
  • Other Races: 7.6%
Fire Protection Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in fire protection. About 3.6% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending fire protection majors to the U.S. are Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Canada.

What Will You Learn as a Fire Protection Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to fire protection to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Fire Protection Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Fire Protection Majors

Skills for Fire Protection Majors

Fire protection majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

Important Skills for Fire Protection Majors

Abilities for Fire Protection Majors

A major in fire protection will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for fire protection Majors

What Can You Do With a Fire Protection Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with fire protection:

Careers Related to Fire Protection
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists



Fire Inspectors



Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors



Loss Prevention Managers



Fire Investigators



Municipal Firefighters



Compliance Managers



Regulatory Affairs Managers



Security Managers



Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors



Fire Protection Major Salary

Fire protection majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $53,000 to $80,000. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Fire Protection Major  ( 53000 to 80000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Fire Protection Major Jobs

Some careers associated with fire protection require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for fire protection careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Fire Protection
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Fire Protection Programs

There are 78 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in fire protection, with 48 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Fire Protection Major Worth It?

The median salary for a fire protection grad is $64,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 65% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $504,800 after 20 years!

fire protection salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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