Fire Science in California

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Schools Offering Fire Science Programs in California

Around 0.3% of California's graduates graduate from fire science certificate programs every year. That means an estimated 2,991 fire science professionals graduate from California's 61 fire science schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California with a fire science program is Cogswell Polytechnical College, which is located in Sunnyvale. In 2010, it was ranked 42nd nationwide. In 2010, Cogswell Polytechnical College graduated 17 students from its fire science program. Students at Cogswell Polytechnical College paid $18,924 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in California with a fire science program is California State University-Los Angeles, which is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, it was ranked 74th nationwide. 33 students graduated with certificate in fire science from California State University-Los Angeles in 2010. Students at California State University-Los Angeles paid $4,848 per year in tuition fees.

Santa Rosa Junior College, which was ranked 74th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in California that has a fire science program. It is located in Santa Rosa. In 2010, 254 students graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College fire science program. The tuition rate at Santa Rosa Junior College was $742 per year.


Tuition at California's fire science schools ranges from $18,924 per year to $624 per year. But, the average tuition is $1,084 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at California fire science schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Cogswell Polytechnical College - located in Sunnyvale, students are charged $18,924 per year
  2. California State University-Los Angeles - located in Los Angeles, students are charged $4,848 per year
  3. Palomar College - located in San Marcos, students are charged $826 per year

The fire science schools that charged the lowest tuition rates in California were:

  1. Barstow Community College - located in Barstow, students are charged $624 per year
  2. San Joaquin Delta College - located in Stockton, students are charged $624 per year
  3. Copper Mountain Community College - located in Joshua Tree, students are charged $625 per year

A fire science certificate from a California school... what next?

Forest fire inspector, municipal fire fighting, fire-prevention engineer, and fire alarm systems installer are the professions of choice for a majority of fire science graduates in California. 14,860 fire science professionals were working in California in 2010. Of these, 1,920 were fire investigators. In addition, 100 were forest fire inspectors, and 4,430 were municipal fire fightings. The following counties have the largest number of California fire science professionals:

  1. Los Angeles County - 2,860 fire science professionals
  2. Riverside County - 1,460 fire science professionals
  3. Orange County - 1,420 fire science professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 18,000 fire science professionals will be working in California. This would require the number of fire science professional to grow by 11%.


fire science professionals in California make an average of $72,434 per year. In 2010, however, some California fire science professional earned as little as less than $19,980 per year or as much as more than $166,280 per year. The following counties in California have the highest average salaries for fire science professionals:

  1. Alameda County - $90,853 per year
  2. Marin County - $89,740 per year
  3. Orange County - $89,405 per year

Fire science professionals in the following counties in California make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Del Norte County - $46,110 per year
  2. Butte County - $53,220 per year
  3. Shasta County - $55,140 per year

On average, the highest paid fire science professionals in California were:

  1. Municipal Fire Fighting - $95,400 per year
  2. Fire Prevention Engineer - $86,710 per year
  3. Forest Fire Inspector - $71,840 per year

On average, the lowest paid fire science professionals in California were:

  1. Fire Investigator - $63,410 per year
  2. Fire Alarm Systems Installer - $44,810 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional California statistics regarding a career in fire science. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as criminal justice or fire science.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Fire Science in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science in California
  • Certificate in Fire Science in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,768 miles from location Moreno Valley College Moreno Valley CA n/a n/a n/a
7,776 miles from location Riverside Community College Riverside CA 15.8854 n/a 36,586
7,817 miles from location East Los Angeles College Monterey Park CA 16.3274 n/a 35,717
7,883 miles from location American River College Sacramento CA 15.4069 n/a 35,413
7,962 miles from location City College of San Francisco San Francisco CA 19.5231 n/a 32,950
7,808 miles from location Santa Ana College Santa Ana CA 15.7905 n/a 31,073
7,800 miles from location Mt. San Antonio College Walnut CA 19.4628 n/a 29,935
7,820 miles from location Long Beach City College Long Beach CA 13.8435 n/a 27,894
7,780 miles from location Palomar College San Marcos CA 16.5038 n/a 27,442
7,830 miles from location El Camino Community College District Torrance CA 15.8275 n/a 27,237
7,813 miles from location Pasadena City College Pasadena CA 17.7379 n/a 26,453
7,957 miles from location Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa CA 19.5812 n/a 25,877
7,848 miles from location Fresno City College Fresno CA 13.5394 n/a 25,511
7,811 miles from location Rio Hondo College Whittier CA 14.8367 n/a 22,432
7,779 miles from location Southwestern College Chula Vista CA 16.965 n/a 21,597
7,832 miles from location College of the Canyons Valencia CA 15.1196 n/a 21,575
7,783 miles from location Chaffey College Alta Loma CA 13.8744 n/a 21,399
7,873 miles from location Sierra College Rocklin CA 19.1068 n/a 20,688
7,817 miles from location California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 25.7976 14% 20,619
7,898 miles from location San Joaquin Delta College Stockton CA 16.8338 n/a 20,223
7,829 miles from location Los Angeles Valley College Van Nuys CA 13.476 n/a 19,951
7,890 miles from location Modesto Junior College Modesto CA 14.2493 n/a 18,410
7,833 miles from location Bakersfield College Bakersfield CA 15.0744 n/a 18,402
7,756 miles from location Mt. San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto CA 11.7295 n/a 17,583
7,818 miles from location Glendale Community College Glendale CA 16.4257 n/a 16,781
7,953 miles from location Cabrillo College Aptos CA 17.7158 n/a 15,974
7,891 miles from location Cosumnes River College Sacramento CA 12.3879 n/a 15,946
7,806 miles from location Antelope Valley College Lancaster CA 16.6671 n/a 15,705
7,946 miles from location Chabot College Hayward CA 14.9806 n/a 15,375
7,759 miles from location Victor Valley College Victorville CA 13.9467 n/a 13,470
7,832 miles from location College of the Sequoias Visalia CA 12.9685 n/a 13,322
7,873 miles from location Butte College Oroville CA 14.6243 n/a 13,147
7,932 miles from location Solano Community College Fairfield CA 15.9371 n/a 12,222
7,831 miles from location West Los Angeles College Culver City CA 11.1589 n/a 11,866
7,781 miles from location San Diego Miramar College San Diego CA 15.902 n/a 11,584
7,961 miles from location College of San Mateo San Mateo CA 15.1982 n/a 11,310
7,921 miles from location Allan Hancock College Santa Maria CA 16.6722 n/a 11,070
7,946 miles from location Mission College Santa Clara CA 14.2259 n/a 10,954
7,925 miles from location Los Medanos College Pittsburg CA 11.077 n/a 10,773
7,881 miles from location Shasta College Redding CA 17.9463 n/a 10,578
7,947 miles from location Hartnell College Salinas CA 14.8313 n/a 10,451
7,870 miles from location Merced College Merced CA 10.9318 n/a 10,446
7,725 miles from location College of the Desert Palm Desert CA 11.9919 n/a 10,193
7,829 miles from location Los Angeles Harbor College Wilmington CA 12.7915 n/a 10,181
7,929 miles from location Las Positas College Livermore CA 15.9289 n/a 9,790
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,872 miles from location Folsom Lake College Folsom CA 12.6843 n/a 9,307
7,692 miles from location Imperial Valley College Imperial CA 12.7761 n/a 8,831
7,869 miles from location Oxnard College Oxnard CA 16.1276 n/a 8,642
7,881 miles from location Yuba College Marysville CA 12.4683 n/a 8,564
7,823 miles from location El Camino College-Compton Center Compton CA 6.2099 n/a 6,691
7,759 miles from location Crafton Hills College Yucaipa CA 12.6601 n/a 6,380
7,760 miles from location Cerro Coso Community College Ridgecrest CA 10.7394 n/a 6,342
7,963 miles from location Mendocino College Ukiah CA 11.1845 n/a 4,833
7,739 miles from location Barstow Community College Barstow CA 11.2087 n/a 4,791
7,849 miles from location Columbia College Sonora CA 10.5858 n/a 3,629
7,807 miles from location Lake Tahoe Community College South Lake Tahoe CA 18.5751 n/a 3,206
7,863 miles from location College of the Siskiyous Weed CA 14.331 n/a 3,045
7,800 miles from location Lassen Community College Susanville CA 10.562 n/a 2,250
7,708 miles from location Copper Mountain Community College Joshua Tree CA 9.13844 n/a 2,044
7,948 miles from location Cogswell Polytechnical College Sunnyvale CA 57.6914 63% 199

Curious what studying Fire Science gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in California

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers + 6,050 $44,810 27.1%
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers + 4,430 $95,400 -41.4%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors + 2,360 $86,710 -22.4%
Fire Inspectors and Investigators + 1,920 $63,410 71.4%
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists + 100 $71,840 -52.4%

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