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.
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%
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:
Skills for Fire Protection Majors
Fire protection majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:
Abilities for Fire Protection Majors
A major in fire protection will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:
What Can You Do With a Fire Protection Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with fire protection:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists||29.4%||$39,600|
|Forest Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors||7.1%||$76,330|
|Loss Prevention Managers||8%||$107,480|
|Regulatory Affairs Managers||8%||$107,480|
|Municipal Fire Fighting and Prevention Supervisors||7.1%||$76,330|
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.
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.
|Level of Education||Percentage of Workers|
|Less Than a High School Diploma||3.5%|
|High School Diploma or Equivalent||23%|
|Some College Courses||13.8%|
|Associate's Degree or Equivalent||14.1%|
|First Professional Degree||1.2%|
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!
Featured Fire Protection Schools
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