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1,423 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
98 Master's Degrees Annually
#147 in Popularity
$64,140 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Fire Protection Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many fire protection graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 6,640
Associate’s Degree 4,306
Bachelor’s Degree 1,423
Undergraduate Certificate 1,178
Master’s Degree 98
Graduate Certificate 8
Doctor’s Degree 3

What Fire Protection Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to fire protection were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Fire Protection Majors

Fire Protection majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills for Fire Protection Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to fire protection:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities for Fire Protection Majors

As a fire protection major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Fire Protection Major?

People with a fire protection degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Fire Inspectors 7.3% $62,510
Fire Investigators 7.3% $62,510
Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors 7.1% $76,330
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists 29.4% $39,600
Forest Firefighters 7.2% $49,620
Loss Prevention Managers 8.0% $107,480
Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors 7.1% $76,330
Municipal Firefighters 7.2% $49,620
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480
Security Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection?

1,423 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
9% Percent Women
18% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,423 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fire protection in 2019, making it rank #147 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 91% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fire Protection Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 76
Hispanic or Latino 125
White 1,050
International Students 49
Other Races/Ethnicities 115

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Fire Protection. About 3.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar
  • Canada
  • Kuwait
  • China

How Much Do Fire Protection Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of fire protection students with a bachelor’s degree is $68,600 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $57,700 (25th percentile) and $68,600 (75th percentile).

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Note that some of these people may have jobs that are not directly related to a fire protection degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $53,240 to $80,310 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to fire protection. 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, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with fire protection may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 23.0%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 14.8%
Some College Courses 13.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 14.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 24.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.7%
Master’s Degree 3.9%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.2%
Doctoral Degree 0.9%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.0%

Online Fire Protection Programs

In 2018-2019, 512 schools offered a fire protection program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 355 34
Certificate (1-2 years) 217 17
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 466 61
Bachelor’s Degree 6 1
Post-Baccalaureate 355 34
Master’s Degree 10 4
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Fire Protection Worth It?

The median salary for a fire protection grad is $64,140 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 61% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $484,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to fire protection.

Major Number of Grads
Criminal Justice & Corrections 122,741
Homeland Security 6,367
Other Homeland Security 1,995

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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