Career Opportunities

Fire Protection Administration

While the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) predicts that employment of firefighters will increase by 5 percent through 2028, employment of fire inspectors and hazardous materials workers is projected to grow 6 and 11 percent respectively in the same time period.

Leadership within the fire industry will be increasingly important to ensure operations run smoothly and the emergency needs of communities are met.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Firefighters, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/firefighters.htm

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fire Inspectors, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/fire-inspectors-and-investigators.htm

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Hazardous Materials Removal Workers, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/hazardous-materials-removal-workers.htm

Job opportunities include:

  • Firefighter
  • Fire Chief
  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Safety Director or Officer
  • Building Inspector
  • Fire Investigator
  • Hazardous Materials Specialist

Recent graduates are employed as:

  • State Directors of Fire Training
  • Fire Chiefs
  • Deputy & Assistant Fire Chiefs
  • Fire Investigators
  • Fire Marshals
  • Plans Review Officers
  • Fire Inspectors

 

Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) employment of fire inspectors and investigators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Fire inspectors will be needed to assess potential fire hazards in newly constructed residential, commercial, public, and other buildings in the coming decade. Fire inspectors will also be needed to ensure that existing buildings meet updated and revised federal, state, and local fire codes each year. Although the number of structural fires occurring across the country has been falling for some time, fire investigators will still be needed to determine the cause of fires and explosions.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Fire Inspectors,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/fire-inspectors-and-investigators.htm

Job opportunities include:

  • Fire Marshal
  • Fire Investigator (public and private)
  • ATF Agent
  • Firefighter
  • Building Inspector
  • Fire and Arson Investigations Detective
  • Insurance Company Consultant

 

Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology

Fire protection engineers have some of the highest starting salaries among all college graduates.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics* (BLS) employment of health and safety engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028. As buildings, products, and processes continue to become more complex and new regulations are created, these engineers will be needed to reduce costs, save lives, and produce safe consumer products. A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level positions.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health and Safety Engineers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/health-and-safety-engineers.htm

Job opportunities include:

  • Fire Protection and Prevention Systems Designer
  • Building Inspector
  • Fire Safety Director
  • Insurance Company Consultant
  • Industrial Safety Specialist
  • Fire Protection and Safety Engineer
  • Fire Protection Technician