Career Opportunities

Fire Protection Administration

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics** (BLS) predicts that employment of firefighters is expected to increase as much as 7 percent by 2022.

Possible careers include:

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

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

** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Firefighters, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/protective-service/firefighters.htm(visited June 10, 2014).

Fire, Arson and Explosion 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.

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-investigat... (visited January 30, 2013)

Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology

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

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics** (BLS) predicts that employment in fire protection engineering and related occupations will increase as much as 11 percent by 2022. A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level positions.

Possible careers 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

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

** Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Health and Safety Engineers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/health-and-safety-engineers.htm(visited June 18, 2014).