Outcomes & Performance

Employment Outlook

The Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website for the most up-to-date employment outlook information in this field.

Lakeland's fire science degree can also be used as a stepping stone for future advancement in other degree programs. Your fire science degree can be transferred to other colleges leading to degrees such as bachelor of Science in Fire Administration, Public Administration or Criminal Justice, or a Master of Public Administration degree. These degrees could qualify one for a position as safety director, city manager or other government administrative positions. Learn more about pursuing a bachelor's degree at Lakeland's Holden University Center.

Fire Science Outlook

Increasing demand: The demand for firefighters continues to show positive growth trends. According to recent projections from various state employment agencies, including the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services, a steady annual growth of around 10 percent in firefighter employment is anticipated.

Retirement and openings: Fire departments across the nation are experiencing a generational shift, as many firefighters who were hired in the late 1960s and early 1970s are reaching retirement age. As these experienced firefighters retire, numerous job openings are being created, contributing to a consistent demand for new personnel.

Compensation packages: Compensation packages for firefighters have evolved since the 1997 survey. While specific figures can vary by region and department size, entry-level firefighters can expect competitive starting salaries. Average annual salaries in the United States have seen an increase, often ranging from approximately $40,000 to $60,000.

Career advancement: Firefighters who advance to officer positions can enjoy significantly higher earning potential. As officers, they take on more responsibilities and leadership roles within the department, leading to enhanced compensation packages.

Diverse employment settings: Fire science technology alumni are not only finding opportunities within municipal fire departments but also in a variety of other sectors, including:

  • Airports: Airports require fire protection personnel to ensure the safety of passengers, crew, and facilities.
  • Private Industrial Fire Protection: Industries such as manufacturing, energy, and chemical production hire fire protection experts to safeguard their operations.
  • Consulting: Fire science professionals may offer consultancy services to organizations seeking expertise in fire safety and prevention.
  • Insurance Companies: Insurers value individuals who can assess fire risks and contribute to accurate risk assessments.

Educational pathways: A degree in fire science can serve as a foundation for further educational pursuits. Graduates can leverage their knowledge to pursue degrees such as Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration, Public Administration, Criminal Justice, or even a Master of Public Administration. These degrees open doors to roles such as safety director, city manager, and other government administrative positions.

Interdisciplinary skills: Fire science education equips individuals with skills that extend beyond firefighting, including crisis management, leadership, and communication, making them valuable assets in various professional settings.

Career progression: Firefighters who choose to transition into administrative roles can find opportunities to contribute to community safety through policy development, emergency management, and public service.

Continued relevance: The relevance of fire science professionals remains constant, as communities and organizations continue to prioritize fire prevention, emergency response, and public safety.

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