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How will your fire science education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a fire science certificate at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 488 brick and mortar fire science schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with fire science programs were:

  1. Providence College - located in Providence, Rhode Island
  2. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus - located in Cincinnati, Ohio
  3. University of North Carolina at Charlotte - located in Charlotte, North Carolina

Student Demographics

In 2010 in the US, 12,703 students graduated with certificates in fire science. Of these students, 7,204 received certifications in fire science, 5,416 received an undergraduate degree in fire science, and 83 received a graduate-level degree in fire science.


Students can pursue education in fire science at the following levels:

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

Fire science students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying fire science:

  • Communication
  • Observation
  • Mathematics
  • Earth Science
  • Biology


In 2010, fire science schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $12,812 per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following fire science schools:

  1. Providence College - located in Providence, Rhode Island, students paid $33,120
  2. University of New Haven - located in West Haven, Connecticut, students paid $29,470
  3. Anna Maria College - located in Paxton, Massachusetts, students paid $26,620

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

  1. Fayetteville State University - located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, students paid $3,177
  2. California State University-Los Angeles - located in Los Angeles, California, students paid $4,640
  3. University of Florida - located in Gainesville, Florida, students paid $4,373

How will your fire science job compare?

Many US fire science graduates become forest fire inspector, municipal fire fighting, fire-prevention engineer, or fire alarm systems installer. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates that in 2010, 154,160 fire science professionals were working in the US. 13,050 of these fire science professionals were fire investigators, 1,530 were forest fire inspectors and 58,800 were municipal fire fightings. The following states have the largest number of fire science professionals:

  1. California - 14,860 Fire Science Professionals
  2. Florida - 12,430 Fire Science Professionals
  3. Texas - 12,040 Fire Science Professionals

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of fire science professionals is expected to grow by 6% by 2018. There are projected to be 188,700 fire science professionals working in the US then. Of these 188,700 fire science professionals, the government predicts that 16,100 will become fire investigators, 2,000 will become forest fire inspectors, and 59,700 will become municipal fire fightings. The number of fire science professionals is expected to grow the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 28%
  2. Vermont - 25%
  3. Idaho - 22%


On average, fire science professionals earn a salary of $53,852 per year in the US. However, factors such as seniority, professional associations and certifications, and your boss can cause the salary for fire science professionals to vary greatly dependent on the exact fire science profession you pursue. Approximately 10 percent of fire science professionals earn less than $15,390 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $166,280 per year. The states with the highest average salary for fire science professionals are:

  1. Washington State - $74,628 per year
  2. Alaska - $74,453 per year
  3. New Jersey - $73,606 per year

On average, fire science professionals earn the least in the following states:

  1. South Dakota - $32,487 per year
  2. Arkansas - $38,920 per year
  3. Mississippi - $39,812 per year

On average the highest paid fire science professionals were:

  1. Fire Prevention Engineer - $78,210 per year
  2. Municipal Fire Fighting - $71,890 per year
  3. Fire Investigator - $56,160 per year

The fire science professionals with lowest average salaries in 2010 were:

  1. Fire Investigator - $56,160 per year
  2. Fire Alarm Systems Installer - $40,760 per year
  3. Forest Fire Inspector - $40,200 per year

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fire science?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 58,800 $71,890 9.9%
Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers 57,390 $40,760 16.0%
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors 23,390 $78,210 -7.7%
Fire Inspectors and Investigators 13,050 $56,160 1.8%
Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists 1,530 $40,200 -11.0%