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Fire Science Schools

As a professor or instructor of fire science classes at one of the 488 accredited fire science schools in the country, you play a influential role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in fire science academia which includes fire science training at the following levels:

  • Fire Science Certificate
  • Associates degree in Fire Science
  • Bachelors degree in Fire Science
  • Masters degree in Fire Science
  • PhD degree in Fire Science


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Fire science professionals

142,240 152,210 155,710 159,230 154,160
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 154,160 fire science professionals working in the US. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has grown by 8%.

This growth is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. This trend is expected to continue over the next 7 years.

National Salary percentiles for Fire science professionals

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The median yearly salary earned by fire science professionals, in 2010, was $53,862. This is 16% less than the national median salary for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Fire Science

$48,998 $50,452 $52,200 $53,340 $53,862
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Between the years 2006 and 2010, salaries for fire science professionals have grown by 10%.

Educational Trends

National Fire Science Student enrollment growth by degree

3,751 4,000 4,157 4,191 4,516
448 530 613 734 900
1 0 0 0 0
49 54 103 121 83
7,283 8,163 8,011 7,649 7,204
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Fire Science
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Fire Science
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Fire Science
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Fire Science
  • Grey: Certificate in Fire Science

The career outlook for fire science professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the year 2006 there were 11,532 students who graduated from fire science degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 12,703 students graduating from fire science schools.

This represents a 10% change in the number of graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from fire science courses is less than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Fire Science Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering fire science programs has also increased. In the year 2006, there were 420 fire science schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 488 schools.

Fire Science Faculty Salaries

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