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Schools Offering Fire Science Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.2% of Illinois students graduate with certificates in fire science. That means an estimated 884 fire science professionals graduate from Illinois' 26 fire science schools each year.

Top Schools

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, which is located in Carbondale, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a fire science program. It received a ranking of 70th in the country in 2010. 64 students graduated with a certificate in fire science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2010. Tuition at Southern Illinois University Carbondale was $10,468 per year.

The second-ranked school in Illinois that has a fire science program is Lewis University. Lewis University, which was ranked 71st in the country in 2010, is located in Romeoville. In 2010, Lewis University graduated 13 students from its fire science program. Students at Lewis University paid $23,780 per year in tuition fees.

Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll, which is located in Fairfield, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a fire science program. It received a ranking of 80th in the country in 2010. Tuition at Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Frontier Community Coll was $2,772 per year.


If you choose to attend a Illinois fire science school, average tuition will be $3,951 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,194 per year to $23,780 per year. In 2010, the following Illinois fire science schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Lewis University - located in Romeoville, students are charged $23,780 per year
  2. Southern Illinois University Carbondale - located in Carbondale, students are charged $10,468 per year
  3. College of DuPage - located in Glen Ellyn, students are charged $4,128 per year

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

  1. Elgin Community College - located in Elgin, students are charged $2,194 per year
  2. Prairie State College - located in Chicago Heights, students are charged $2,348 per year
  3. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year

A fire science certificate from an Illinois school... what next?

fire science graduates in Illinois can go into a variety of professions such as municipal fire fighting, fire-prevention engineer, and fire alarm systems installer. Illinois had 7,180 fire science professionals in 2010. 380 of these fire science professionals were fire investigators, 3,080 were municipal fire fightings, and 1,430 were fire-prevention engineers. The following counties have the largest number of Illinois fire science professionals:

  1. Cook County - 5,430 fire science professionals
  2. Marshall County - 270 fire science professionals
  3. Lake County - 170 fire science professionals

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts by 2018, an estimated 7,840 fire science professionals will be working in Illinois. This would require the number of fire science professional to grow by 9%.


fire science professionals in Illinois make an average of $72,088 per year. However, this number is only an average. Fire science professional in Illinois had varying salaries from $17,230 to $133,460 per year in 2010. The counties in Illinois with the highest average salary for fire science professionals are:

  1. Lake County - $78,565 per year
  2. Cook County - $76,050 per year
  3. Boone County - $64,180 per year

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

  1. Menard County - $46,050 per year
  2. Clark County - $47,150 per year
  3. Adams County - $47,375 per year

The fire science professionals with highest average salaries in Illinois were:

  1. Municipal Fire Fighting - $94,580 per year
  2. Fire Prevention Engineer - $83,140 per year
  3. Fire Investigator - $61,080 per year

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

  1. Fire Investigator - $61,080 per year
  2. Fire Alarm Systems Installer - $49,550 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Illinois statistics regarding a career in fire science and to compare salaries with a variety of 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 Illinois
  • Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science in Illinois
  • Certificate in Fire Science in Illinois

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 3,080 $94,580 63.8%
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 2,290 $49,550 87.7%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 1,430 $83,140 41.6%
Fire Inspectors and Investigators 380 $61,080 -34.5%

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