Career Outlook

The median weekly salary of those with bachelor’s degrees is 50% higher than that of those with a high school diploma.* Set yourself apart by continuing your education.

Careers related to fire, arson and explosion investigation grow as the population grows due to the addition of more buildings, along with more instances needing investigation.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics** (BLS) predicts that employment of fire inspectors and investigators is expected to increase as much as 9 percent by 2020. Overall, protective services occupations are expected to increase by 11 percent.

Although the demand for services will increase, job opportunities may be limited. Those with an advanced degree should have an advantage.

Possible careers include:

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

* Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey (2012)

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Fire Inspectors and Investigators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/fire-inspectors-and-investigators.htm (visited January 30, 2013)

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