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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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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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