Fire Protection

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
13,176
declining 3.51%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$3,630
growing 2.54%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$28,795
declining 3.98%
Average Wage
$67,162
growing 3.27%
People in Workforce
1.11M
growing 3.69%
Average Employee Age
39.5
growing 0.424%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Fire Protection degree recipients are Orange Beach, AL, Santa Ana, CA, and Victorville, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Fire Protection degree recipients are Canfield, OH, Choctaw, OK, and Fort Shawnee, OH. The most common degree awarded to students studying Fire Protection is a associates degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Fire Protection and the types of students that study this field. Columbia Southern University awards the most degrees in Fire Protection in the US, but Four County Career Center and Mahoning County Career and Technical Center have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Fire Protection.

Tuition costs for Fire Protection majors are, on average, $3,630 for in-state public colleges, and $28,795 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Fire Protection programs are Public, 2-year institutions (351 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 2-year (6,945 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Fire Protection

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Fire Protection, is Public, 2-year (6,945 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Fire Protection programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$3,630
Median In-State Public
$28,795
Median Out of State Private

Columbia Southern University has the most Fire Protection degree recipients, with 1,139 degrees awarded in 2020.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Fire Protection.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Fire Protection programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Four County Career Center has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Fire Protection, with 45.8%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Fire Protection

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Fire Protection by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Fire Protection.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Protective Services graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Protective Services majors is $67,162 and the most common occupations are Police officers, Other managers, and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

The industry that employs the most Protective Services majors is Justice, public order, & safety activities , though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Miscellaneous nonmetallic mineral product manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Fire Protection is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.
$67,162
Average Wage in Workforce
± $1,353
3.27%
1 Year Growth
± 2.75%

The average salary for Protective Services majors is $67,162 and the most common occupations are Police officers, Other managers, and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Protective Services majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Protective Services majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Protective Services majors, by number of employees, are Police officers, Other managers, and Security guards & gaming surveillance officers.

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Most Specialized

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Protective Services majors are Physicians, Dentists, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

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1.11M
2020 Workforce
± 25,717
3.69%
1 Year Growth
± 3.2%

The number of Protective Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.69%, from 1.07M in 2019 to 1.11M in 2020.

The largest single share of Protective Services graduates go on to work as Police officers (11.3%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Protective Services by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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The most common industries that employ Protective Services majors, by number of employees, are Justice, public order, & safety activities , Elementary & secondary schools, and Legal services.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Fire Protection is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.
1.11M
2020 Workforce
± 25,717
3.69%
1 Year Growth
± 3.2%

The number of Protective Services graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 3.69%, from 1.07M in 2019 to 1.11M in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Protective Services graduates by share is Justice, public order, & safety activities , followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Protective Services.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Protective Services majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Protective Services in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Protective Services is 39.5.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a Associates Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Protective Services degrees, and White students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Protective Services (8,499 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 4 Digit Course Fire Protection is from the 2 Digit Course Protective Services.
39.5
Average Age in 2020
± 0.271 Years
0.424%
1 Year Change
± 0.975%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Protective Services. The most common ages of employees with this major are 27 and 28 years old, which represent 3.82% and 3.48% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Fire Protection are Associates Degree, Bachelors Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Protective Services are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (90.1%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Fire Protection.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    8,499 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    2,534 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    724 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Fire Protection for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. White Male
    2,355 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino Male
    578 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown Male
    354 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of Associates Degree recipients in Fire Protection. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Mexico
    12,393 degree recipients
  2. India
    4,213 degree recipients
  3. Dominican Republic
    3,335 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Caribbean, Not Specified
    8.74 times more than expected
  2. American Samoa
    4.54 times more than expected
  3. Saudi Arabia
    3.93 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Caribbean, Not Specified that hold Protective Services degrees (8.74 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Mexico (12,393 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Fire Protection field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Fire Protection majors need many skills, but most especially Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Fire Protection majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Fire Protection majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Critical Thinking, Monitoring, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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