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Fire Science in Virginia

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Schools Offering Fire Science Programs in Virginia

Approximately 0.0% of graduates in of Virginia receive fire science certificates every year. That means an estimated 54 fire science professionals graduate from Virginia's 7 fire science schools each year.

Top Schools

Hampton University, which is located in Hampton, is the top-ranked school in Virginia that has a fire science program. It received a ranking of 76th in the country in 2010. In 2010, Hampton University graduated no students from its fire science program. Students at Hampton University paid $18,074 per year in tuition fees.

The second-ranked school in Virginia that has a fire science program is Northern Virginia Community College. Northern Virginia Community College, which was ranked 83rd in the country in 2010, is located in Annandale. 3 students graduated with certificate in fire science from Northern Virginia Community College in 2010. The tuition rate at Northern Virginia Community College was $2,998 per year.

Southside Virginia Community College, which is located in Alberta, is the third-ranked school in Virginia that has a fire science program. It received a ranking of 84th in the country in 2010. Southside Virginia Community College charged in-state students $3,300 in tuition fees per year.


If you choose to attend a Virginia fire science school, average tuition will be $5,390 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,998 per year to $18,074 per year. In 2010, the following Virginia fire science schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Hampton University - located in Hampton, students are charged $18,074 per year
  2. J Sargeant Reynolds Community College - located in Richmond, students are charged $3,528 per year
  3. Germanna Community College - located in Locust Grove, students are charged $3,353 per year

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

  1. Northern Virginia Community College - located in Annandale, students are charged $2,998 per year
  2. Tidewater Community College - located in Norfolk, students are charged $3,212 per year
  3. Thomas Nelson Community College - located in Hampton, students are charged $3,262 per year

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

fire science graduates in Virginia can go into a variety of professions such as municipal fire fighting, fire-prevention engineer, and fire alarm systems installer. 3,790 fire science professionals were working in Virginia in 2010. Of these, 140 were fire investigators. In addition, 1,720 were municipal fire fightings, and 550 were fire-prevention engineers. The following counties have the largest number of Virginia fire science professionals:

  1. Chesapeake County - 1,000 fire science professionals
  2. Caroline County - 640 fire science professionals
  3. Botetourt County - 120 fire science professionals

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of fire science professionals in Virginia will grow by 16%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 4,940 fire science professionals working in Virginia. The greatest growth for fire science professional is predicted to be amongst Fire Alarm Systems Installers, who are expected to increase by 27% by 2018.


On average, fire science professionals earn a salary of $60,983 per year in Virginia state. However, this number is only an average. Fire science professional in Virginia had varying salaries from $22,800 to $103,560 per year in 2010. Fire science professionals in the following Virginia counties make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Caroline County - $63,157 per year
  2. Chesapeake County - $54,737 per year
  3. Botetourt County - $49,825 per year

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

  1. Botetourt County - $49,825 per year
  2. Chesapeake County - $54,737 per year
  3. Caroline County - $63,157 per year

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

  1. Fire Prevention Engineer - $75,610 per year
  2. Municipal Fire Fighting - $74,270 per year
  3. Fire Investigator - $52,790 per year

The fire science professionals with lowest average salaries in Virginia were:

  1. Fire Investigator - $52,790 per year
  2. Fire Alarm Systems Installer - $41,260 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in fire science in Virginia and to compare salaries with various related fields such as criminal justice or fire science, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

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  • Associate's Degree in Fire Science in Virginia
  • Certificate in Fire Science in Virginia

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 1,720 $74,270 -1.7%
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 1,380 $41,260 -2.8%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 550 $75,610 0.0%
Fire Inspectors and Investigators 140 $52,790 7.7%

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