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Associate’s Degrees in Fire Protection

4,306 Yearly Graduations
$62,700 Median Salary
$20,000 Median Debt
An associate's degree in fire protection is offered at 407 colleges in the United States. Among those who recently graduated from the schools offering this degree, the majority were men, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.1% of fire protection graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Fire Protection Majors

In 2018-2019, 4,306 associate's degrees were awarded to fire protection majors. This earns it the #33 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in fire protection at 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

Earnings of Fire Protection Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in fire protection is $62,700. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $37,050 and the high is $62,700.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in fire protection is $20,000. The school you go to and how long it takes you to graduate, among other things, can cause this number to vary.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $20,000 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $9,250.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $208.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in fire protection. About 91.3% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 3,933
Women 373
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Fire Protection

The racial-ethnic distribution of fire protection associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 98
Black or African American 148
Hispanic or Latino 778
White 2,889
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 387
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Fire Protection Associate's Degree Students

There are 407 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in fire protection. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama
638 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Columbia Southern University tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for fire protection majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 21,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,520 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $3,780 per year.

The fire protection program at Columbia Southern University awarded 638 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 16% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 4% were women.

110 Yearly Graduations
17% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Utah Valley University comes in at #2 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Roughly 39,900 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,122 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,513 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 110 associate's degrees were handed out to fire protection majors at UVU. About 17% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Mt San Antonio College

Walnut, California
81 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mt San Antonio College is the 3rd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in fire protection. Roughly 29,300 attend the school each year. The fire protection program at Mt San Antonio College awarded 81 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 83% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 4% were women.

#4

Rio Hondo College

Whittier, California
76 Yearly Graduations
8% Women
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rio Hondo College comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Roughly 19,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 76 associate's degrees were handed out to fire protection majors at RHCCD. Around 83% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 8% were women.

#5

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana, California
68 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Santa Ana College comes in at #5 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Roughly 28,400 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 68 people received their associate's degree in fire protection from SAC. About 3% of this group were women, and 37% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#6

Valencia College

Orlando, Florida
58 Yearly Graduations
24% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Valencia College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Roughly 46,500 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 58 associate's degrees were handed out to fire protection majors at Valencia College. Of these students, 24% were women and 41% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#7

Long Beach City College

Long Beach, California
50 Yearly Graduations
8% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for fire protection majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Long Beach City College. Roughly 23,800 attend the school each year. The fire protection program at Long Beach City College awarded 50 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 8% were women and 72% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#8

Palomar College

San Marcos, California
46 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
54% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Palomar College comes in at #8 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Each year, around 23,900 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The fire protection program at Palomar College awarded 46 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 4% were women and 54% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Oxnard College

Oxnard, California
44 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
61% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 9th most popular school in the country for fire protection majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Oxnard College. Each year, around 7,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The fire protection program at Oxnard College awarded 44 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 9% of this group were women, and 61% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Moreno Valley College

Moreno Valley, California
40 Yearly Graduations
8% Women
78% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for fire protection majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Moreno Valley College. Roughly 10,000 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 40 people received their associate's degree in fire protection from Moreno Valley College. About 8% of this group were women, and 78% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

North Shore Community College

Danvers, Massachusetts
40 Yearly Graduations
5% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

North Shore Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in fire protection. Roughly 5,700 attend the school each year. The fire protection program at North Shore Community College awarded 40 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Of these students, 5% were women and 8% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#10

Weatherford College

Weatherford, Texas
40 Yearly Graduations
2% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 10th most popular school in the country for fire protection majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Weatherford College. Roughly 6,300 attend the school each year. The fire protection program at Weatherford College awarded 40 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 20% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 2% were women.

#13

San Diego Miramar College

San Diego, California
39 Yearly Graduations
18% Women
46% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Diego Miramar College is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in fire protection. Roughly 15,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 39 associate's degrees were handed out to fire protection majors at San Diego Miramar College. About 18% of this group were women, and 46% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

College of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
39 Yearly Graduations
13% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

College of Southern Nevada is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in fire protection. Roughly 34,100 attend the school each year. The fire protection program at College of Southern Nevada awarded 39 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 23% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 13% were women.

#15

Waldorf University

Forest City, Iowa
38 Yearly Graduations
8% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Waldorf University comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Roughly 3,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $21,196 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $4,680 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 associate's degrees were handed out to fire protection majors at Waldorf. Of these students, 8% were women and 13% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#15

Chemeketa Community College

Salem, Oregon
38 Yearly Graduations
5% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for fire protection majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Chemeketa Community College. Each year, around 10,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The fire protection program at Chemeketa Community College awarded 38 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 5% of this group were women, and 11% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#17

William Rainey Harper College

Palatine, Illinois
37 Yearly Graduations
8% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

William Rainey Harper College comes in at #17 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Roughly 13,500 attend the school each year. The fire protection program at William Rainey Harper College awarded 37 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 14% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 8% were women.

#18

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia
36 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

American Public University System is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in fire protection. Roughly 46,000 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $6,804 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $6,615 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their associate's degree in fire protection from American Military University. About 3% of this group were women, and 25% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#18

Butte College

Oroville, California
36 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 18th most popular school in the country for fire protection majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Butte College. Roughly 10,800 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 associate's degrees were handed out to fire protection majors at Butte College. About 11% of this group were women, and 47% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#20

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, Hawaii
35 Yearly Graduations
14% Women
91% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Honolulu Community College comes in at #20 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in fire protection. Each year, around 3,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 35 associate's degrees were handed out to fire protection majors at Honolulu CC. Of these students, 14% were women and 91% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to fire protection that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Criminal Justice & Corrections 30,792
Homeland Security 402
Other Homeland Security 148

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student 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 percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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